School bond elections: Snoqualmie, Auburn, Vashon Is.
Three King County school districts are hoping voters will approve bonds and a levy to fix up schools in Snoqualmie, Auburn and Vashon Island...
Election results: http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/200903/Res.aspx
Three King County school districts are hoping voters will approve bonds and a levy to fix up schools in Snoqualmie, Auburn and Vashon Island.
The all-mail ballot's deadline was Tuesday, and ballot counting began then. Election workers will continue counting as more ballots postmarked by Tuesday arrive in the mail.
• The Snoqualmie Valley School District was asking for approval of a $27.5 million bond issue to make repairs to schools throughout the district and to add more space to the crowded high school. In results released Tuesday night, 5,328 voters, or 66 percent of votes counted, were approving the bond issue. To be approved, the bond issue must receive a 60 percent yes vote and a minimum turnout of 7,253 voters.
The elections office showed that the minimum number of ballots had been received as of Tuesday.
The bond issue would pay for portable classrooms at Mount Si High, fix leaking roofs at three schools, upgrade the heating systems at most of the district's 10 schools and provide money for painting and electrical repairs throughout the district.
It also would free up money in the budget to allow the district to convert a courtyard at Mount Si into a second commons area where students could eat lunch. It's the fourth time in two years the district has gone to voters for more money. Three previous bond issues, which would have paid for new school buildings, all failed.
• The Auburn School District was asking voters to approve a $239 million bond issue to replace three schools: Auburn High School, Olympic Middle School and Terminal Park Elementary School.
Voters were rejecting that measure, with 5,553 voting no, or 58 percent of votes counted. Approval by 60 percent of voters is required for passage, and there must be a minimum turnout of 12,349 voters for the result to be valid. As of Tuesday, 9,786 ballots had been received.
Also on the ballot was a $46.4 million capital-improvements levy to pay for improvements at 18 schools and six support facilities. The levy requires a simple majority, and in results Tuesday, the measure was failing, with 5,543 voters saying no, or 57 percent of votes counted.
• The Vashon Island School District was asking for $75.5 million to renovate Vashon High School. In results Tuesday night, the bond issue was failing, with 2,032 votes, or 52 percent of votes counted, rejecting the measure.
The vote requires 60 percent voter approval and a minimum turnout of 2,903 voters. As of Tuesday, the minimum number of votes had been received.
Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company
UPDATE - 10:51 PM
Seattle Public Schools name interim financial officer
When vice president of Sub Pop Records Megan Jasper isn't running things at the office, she's working in her garden at her West Seattle home where she and her husband Brian spend time relaxing.