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School bond in bad shape

Though results from the vote on a $189-million bond to build a second Valley high school and sixth elementary school won't be official until March 26, it appears the measure won't achieve the 60 percent supermajority it needs to pass. As of March 17, results showed a 58.4 percent "yes" vote and a 41.6 percent "no" vote.

Snoqualmie Valley School District Superintendent Joel Aune said the district would consider its options for the future at its regular board meeting March 20. The board would need to pass a resolution by March 28 to get a bond measure on a May ballot.

"We're going to have to continue to work on this," he said. "We're looking at growth, and the issues of overcrowding are not going to go away."

Mount Si High School is 200 students over capacity, and all signs point to a steady student population increase in coming years.

In addition to building new schools, the bond also proposed to renovate and update seven school buildings across the district, build a shared transportation facility with the city, and fund portable classrooms at Mount Si High School during construction of the new high school.

Final results will be posted March 26 on the King County Elections Web site at www.co.king.wa.us/elections, where officials will also post tally updates every weekday through March 25.

This is the third time the Valley has voted on a new high school bond measure. The previous two measures failed narrowly.

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