Renton school bond pass rate increases to 60.55 percent

April 19, 2012

By Christina Lords

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NEW — 4 p.m. April 19, 2012

The approval rating for a $97 million school bond in the Renton School District continued to increase today as unofficial election results continue to trickle in. The bond reached a 60. 55 pass rate with 10,246 voters in favor of the measure, with 6,676 residents voting against it.

The results will be finalized April 27.

Voters in the Renton district cast ballots for the second time this year April 17 that would finance a new middle school in Newcastle and facility improvements to Lindbergh High School’s pool, among other projects.

The bond needs a 60 percent yes vote and a minimum turnout of 10,582 people. More than 22,200 ballots were cast 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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