Not only has Federal Way Public Schools received the required number of votes for the proposed $450 million school construction bond to count, the latest results indicate it has obtained the super-majority of yes votes for the measure to pass.
According to King County Elections general election results as of Monday afternoon, the school construction bond is passing with 13,883 votes in favor, or 61.96 percent, and 8,524 opposed, or 38.04 percent.
The $450 million school bond will update or replace aged and deteriorating buildings, overcrowding at elementary schools and increase safety and security district wide.
At a Citizens for Federal Way Public Schools gathering Nov. 7, district officials were feeling hopeful but a little uncertain after initial results indicated the bond had obtained more yes votes than no, voter turnout had not met the 21,301 threshold for the measure to become validated.
Superintendent Tammy Campbell said at the event, it was “a weird feeling” knowing at the end of election night the fate of the bond measure was still uncertain.
By Friday, however, the school district received two pieces of good news when not only did it meet the required number of votes for the measure to be validated, but it had received a super-majority of at least 60 percent of the votes returned in favor.
“We know schools can’t do it alone,” Campbell said in a press release issued after Friday’s results. “The communities of Federal Way, Des Moines, Kent, Auburn and unincorporated King County have demonstrated their support of a bond which rebuilds, modernizes and expands some of our aging and overcrowded schools. Our district has a strategic plan with big, bold goals, metrics and strategies, and the successful passage of this bond positions us to continue building upon our successes. I want to thank each and every person for their support.”
Board President Geoffery McAnalloy echoed Campbell’s statements.
“The incredible support of our community illustrates the commitment they have to each and every scholar achieving at the highest levels PK-12 and beyond in Federal Way Public Schools,” he said in the press release. “On behalf of the FWPS Board of Education, district and school administrators, teachers, support staff, scholar and families, we would like to extend our heart-felt gratitude to our entire community.”
Campbell said Monday she anticipated the School Board would begin discussing the schedule for construction to begin at the various schools included in the bond at a work session Tuesday evening, prior to the regular board meeting.
The schools slated for improvements are Thomas Jefferson High School, Totem and Illahee middle schools, and Olympic View, Lake Grove, Mirror Lake, Star Lake and Wildwood elementary schools. Memorial Stadium is also set to receive some upgrades. With the successful passage of the bond, all state School Construction Assistance Program funds will address significant maintenance needs, such as roofs and boilers, security enhancements and the relocation of Mark Twain Elementary.
While the school district is currently in good position, King County Elections staff have an estimated 14,829 ballots left to count in King County. They are updating those results at around 4 p.m. each day. The votes will not be certified until Nov. 28.
Other general election results:
(As of Monday)
• Federal Way Mayor
Jim Ferrell 9,047 (61.89 percent)
Susan Honda 5,571 (38.11 percent)
• Federal Way City Council Position No. 2
Jesse Johnson 7,513 (53.19 percent)
Bob Celski 6,613 (46.81 percent)
• Federal Way City Council Position No. 4
Hoang Tran 7,305 (52.82 percent)
Diana Noble-Gulliford 6,525 (47.18)
Federal Way City Council Position No. 6
Martin A. Moore 7,371 (54.06 percent)
Roger Flygare 6,265 (45.94 percent)
• King County Proposition No. 1 Levy Lid Lift for Veterans, Seniors and Vulnerable Populations
Approved 344,337 (68.43 percent)
Rejected 158,827 (31.57 percent)
• King County Executive
Dow Constantine 375,008 (77.17 percent)
Bill Hirt 110,972 (22.83 percent)
• King County Sheriff
Mitzi Johanknecht 272,546 (56.46 percent)
John Urquhart 210,179 (43.54 percent)
• Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 1
John Creighton 212,423 (47.54 percent)
Ryan Calkins 234,363 (52.46 percent)
• Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 3
Stephanie Bowman 279,023 (61.68 percent)
Ahmed Abdi 173,341 (38.32 percent)
• Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 4
Preeti Shridhar 191,177 (42.21 percent)
Peter Steinbrueck 261,696 (57.79 percent)