Northshore School District measures passing in special election

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The first returns for the special election Feb. 11 were released from King County and Snohomish County Elections with all three of the measures passing for the Northshore School District.

Prop. 1, a renewal of the Education Operations Support Levy, is passing with 12,253 votes in favor, or 68 percent of the vote. The levy renewal requires a simple majority of 50 percent, plus one to pass.

Prop. 2 for a $177.5 million general obligation bond, is passing with 11,390 votes in favor, or 63 percent of the vote. The measure needs a 60 percent or a super majority yes vote and a minimum turnout of 14,101 to pass, which it has reached.

The bond would pay for the construction of a new high school in the north end of Bothell and trigger a realignment of the district's grade levels, among other district construction needs. The district would join most of the state's districts with a K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle and 9-12 high schools alignment and implement associated boundary adjustments. Northshore and Puyallup are the only remaining large school districts in the state with a K-6, 7-9 and 10-12 grade level configuration.

The new 250,000-square-foot high school would be built on the 61-acre property north and west of Fernwood Elementary School that the district purchased in 2012 and accommodate 1,500-1,600 students. Construction could begin in spring of 2014, with the opening of the new high school and grade reconfiguration slated for fall of 2017. This year’s fifth-graders would attend their freshman year at the new 9-12 grade level high school.

The estimated cost for the new high school is $130 million, with $17 million of the bond going toward the completion of Woodinville High School's renovation.

Prop. 3, a renewal of the Capital Projects Levy, is passing with 11,442 votes or 67 percent of the overall votes cast. The levy renewal requires a simple majority of 50 percent, plus one to pass.

The vote-by-mail ballots were due Feb. 11 and the election will be certified by Feb. 25.

There were 18 jurisdictions with ballot measures in the February special election.


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