Lower Valley voters supporting bond, levy requests

As of last night’s election count, the school bond in Sunnyside and the school levy in Grandview are both passing, but the final outcome will not be known until all the votes have been counted.

The $10 million, 20-year bond in Sunnyside is passing 1,133 votes to 692 votes, slightly more than 62 percent approval. The four-year, $5.5 million levy in Grandview is passing 601 votes to 408 votes, almost 60 percent approval.

Sunnyside School District’s bond proposal will pay for a new Washington Elementary School and upgraded security at schools throughout the district. Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole said that while the district will not be celebrating until all the votes are counted, he is pleased with the outcome so far.

“Sunnyside has always supported facilities and improvements for the school district,” said Cole. “Having a new Washington Elementary School will be good for students. We are cautiously awaiting the count of the ballots received yesterday, but 62 percent is obviously a super-majority.”

While the Sunnyside bond must pass with at least 60 percent of the vote, the Grandview school levy needs only a simple majority to pass and seems to be safely on its way.

“I really appreciate the support that the community of Grandview has shown for kids,” said Grandview Superintendent Kevin Chase. “The public is investing their hard-earned money in school and we don’t take them for granted. We will do our best to give their children a well-rounded education.”

Despite the lead the levy has at the last count, Chase was still cautious, noting that there are still votes to count.

The Grandview levy will pay for maintenance and operations in the district for the next four years. In its first year, the levy will collect about $1.3 million, increasing to more than $1.5 million in the fourth year. Levy dollars are used for curriculum, highly capable programs, technology, student transportation, athletics, field trips and staffing needs.


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