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Voters overwhelmingly support school bond

It appears as though Sunnyside School District's $11.4 million bond is passing at a more than two to one ratio, according to results released last night by the Yakima County Auditor.

So far, 2,441 votes have been tallied and 1,680 of those are in favor of modernizing and expanding the high school. The school district will also be able to construct a cafeteria/multi-purpose room at Sun Valley Elementary School should the bond pass.

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole has previously said that the passing of the bond would allow for $35 million in matching funds from the state.

In terms of a project timeline, Cole said, "We will be able to generate funds by selling the bonds fairly quickly."

Because the elementary school's multi-purpose room is the least expensive project on the list, Cole said the district plans on doing that project this coming summer.

"We will have to wait until next summer for the matching money to come from the state, so that will be when we plan on beginning the high school project."

Cole added that the district will be working with an architect to see if there are any projects that can be started at the high school prior to the state release of matching funds. "However, no final decision have been made on that," he said.

Cole believes firmly that volunteers who were willing to spread the word about the bond were instrumental in its success.

"Their hard work was essential in informing our community about the benefits this bond will provide to our schools and community. "

Cole said he's humbled by the amount of yes votes to the bond.

"We are incredibly grateful for the community's support of a system that allows our students to have the best educational facilities possible, all while keeping our tax rate extremely low."

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