Bond outcome not looking good

Ballots from the March 11 school bond election are still being counted by the King County Elections Department. On March 12, results showed a 57.58 percent "yes" vote and a 42.42 percent "no" vote for a $189-million Snoqualmie Valley school funds bond. The measure requires 60 percent approval to pass.

Results will be posted daily at 4:30 p.m., according to the King County Elections Web site at Final results of the March 11 election will be posted online March 26.

The bond would purchase land for construction of a new high school, and build a sixth elementary school on land already owned by the district on Snoqualmie Ridge. It would also 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.

"We're disappointed in terms of where the 'yes' vote stands. Obviously we hoped for it to be a little bit higher. We're anxious to see the updates," said Snoqualmie Valley School District Supervisor Joel Aune.

"We anticipate that over next few days as the votes comes in, it will trend upward," he added.

The bond is estimated to cost 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

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

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