Voters approve school operations levy, construction bond in doubt

Feb 15, 2018

Officials with Everett Public Schools will be forced to make some difficult decisions regarding the future of students at Jackson High School if the current vote trend continues for the $330 million Capital Improvement and Construction Bond.

As of Thursday morning, Feb. 15, the construction bond was a little less than 6 percent short of the 60 percent required by state law for approval. The vote total was 10,174 (54.21 percent) votes of the 18,800 cast in the Feb. 13 special election.

The bond was proposed to pay for the construction of a fourth high school in the district as well as additional permanent classrooms at Jackson.

“There are still 4,000 votes to be counted,” said Leanna Albrecht, director of communications for the district. “The percentage is up 1 percent since yesterday. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.”

The ballot measure to replace the expiring Educational and Operations Levy passed with more than 54 percent of the vote. The measure only required a simple majority for approval.

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