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Lake Washington School District officials react to bond measure falling short

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The following is a release from the Lake Washington School District:

The initial results of the April 22 bond election indicate the measure will not pass. Preliminary results show that 52 percent of voters approved the ballot measure. A 60 percent supermajority is required for bond measures.

Since a similar measure on the February 22 ballot also fell short, the district will not be able to run another bond measure this year. The district’s board of directors will determine any future measures.

“The results are disappointing for the students, staff and families of the Lake Washington School District,” Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce said. “Without this funding, we will have to begin reviewing other options immediately for housing our rapidly growing student enrollment. The good news is that so many families want to move to our area to attend our excellent schools.  I am very proud of the work of our district and schools.”

The district currently has more students than space in permanent classrooms. It is projected to have more students than all classrooms, permanent and in portable buildings, within the next two years. The district has gained over 1,600 students in the last two years and expects over 4,000 new students within eight years. October 2013 enrollment for the sixth largest district in the state came to 26,220.

Twelve school districts around the state ran bond measures on the April 22 ballot, including Lake Washington. No school bond measures were passing as of April 23.

 

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