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April 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Lake Washington, Everett school-bond issues failing

Voters were rejecting the Lake Washington school district’s school-construction bond issue, which barely cleared 50 percent in  first-day returns Tuesday night, falling short of the 60 percent required for passage.

The measure — scaled back from $755 million to $404 million — was one of only a handful of school-district measures on the special-election ballot.

In Snohomish County, school construction bonds for the Everett and Lakewood districts both were failing, but Lakewood was close with 59 percent. Everett had 57 percent approval.

The final tally won’t be posted until May 6, when the election results are certified.

All three districts failed to pass bonds by the required 60 percent in February’s special election. School districts can ask voters only twice a year to pass bonds, so this was their last chance for 2014.

Everett again sought $259.4 million and Lakewood tried again for $66.8 million.

In February, the Lake Washington district asked for a $755 million school-construction bond to make room for an estimated 4,000 additional students expected over the next eight years. The measure fell just short of passage, winning 58 percent of the vote.

Lake Washington still wants to build three new elementary schools and a new middle school. It also wants to replace and expand Juanita High School and build a smaller high school on the same campus that would focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

Its scaled-down request on Tuesday’s ballot eliminated a new high school with an international focus and improvements to several schools.

Comments | Topics: Everett School District, Lake Washington School District, Lakewood School District

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