Issaquah bond heavily favored, Renton bond up to 60.28 percent pass rate

April 18, 2012

By Staff

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UPDATED — 4:55 p.m. April 18, 2012

While a $219 million school bond on the April 17 ballot from the Issaquah School District is heavily favored by voters, a $97 million construction bond in the Renton School District is too close to call after the second day of election results.

The Issaquah bond is passing by 69 percent, and the Renton bond is just more than the supermajority needed to pass at 60.28 percent, according to King County’s special election results.

Issaquah School District

The Issaquah electorate faces a choice on a $219 million school construction bond in the April 17 election.

More than 21,200 ballots have been cast in the election. The bond requires a 60 percent yes vote and a minimum turnout of 12,229 voters.

Numbers issued by King County at  just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday show the bond issue is passing easily with 14,763 votes in favor compared to 6,416 votes against.

The Issaquah school issue needs to win the approval of a supermajority of 60 percent of those who vote in order to pass.

Prior to the election, bond backers said based on the number of registered voters expected to cast ballots, the bond issue would  need about 14,000 “yes” votes in order to win approval.

For Liberty High School, passage of the bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and other elementary schools in the district would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Apollo and other schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of the schools.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley Elementary are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

Renton School District

Voters in the Renton district cast ballots for the second time this year on a $97 million school construction bond that would finance a new middle school in Newcastle and facility improvements to Lindbergh High School’s pool, among other projects.

There were 9,778 people who voted in favor of the measure, while 6,442 voted against it.

The bond would need a 60 percent yes vote and a minimum turnout of 10,582 people. More than 14,100 ballots have been verified in the election.

The bond originally came up two points shy of the 60 percent needed to pass in the Feb. 14 special election.

Citizens for Renton Schools Chair John Galluzzo said a major setback to gathering enough support for the bond the first time was not giving residents a clear picture of what the bond would mean to them financially.

The election was about 335 votes short of the ballots needed to approve the bond, he said.

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