Issaquah School District bond measure amasses more votes

April 19, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

NEW — 12:45 p.m. April 19, 2012

Prior to the election, supporters said they would need about 14,000 “yes” votes in order for the Issaquah School District’s $219 million bond issue to pass.

They nearly had that number in hand when just the first round of election results were released late Tuesday, the day of the election. As of Wednesday, voters cleared the 14,000 ballot hurdle.

As of Wednesday, according to King County Elections, the bond has earned 14,763 votes in favor compared to 6,419 against. That translates to 69.7 percent in favor; 30.3 percent against.

The district needed a supermajority of 60 percent of the ballots cast in order for the issue to pass. If needed, the county will post new voter tallies each afternoon. Elections officials said the special ballot will be certified April 27.

As initial election results were released about 8 p.m. April 17, district officials and school supporters were gathered at the home of district school board member Suzanne Weaver. School board member Brian Deagle said he was both surprised and not surprised by how easily the issue seems to be winning approval. He said he knows plenty of people still are struggling in the current economy.

At the same time, Deagle described Issaquah School District residents as persons who have always backed their schools.

If the issue passes as expected, Liberty High School may be the first building to feel the effects of the bond’s passage. Director of capital projects for the district, Steve Crawford said he expected Phase II of the Liberty renovation to be a high priority for district officials. Setting such priorities from among the dozens and dozens of projects to be financed by the bond sale will be the first order of business once election results are official, Crawford said.

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