Election results update February 22
Levy: 75.97 percent yes votes
Bond: 72.15 percent yes votes
Thank you voters! Levy and bond measures pass
Olympia School District voters have overwhelmingly approved a four-year maintenance and operations replacement levy and a school bond in the February 9, 2016 Special Election, based on election results certified on February 19.
The Thurston County Auditor’s Office announced the first set of unofficial returns on Election Night before a crowd of about 50 Thurston County area school district staff members and supporters who gathered at the ballot processing center in Tumwater.
Election Night Initial Results and Reaction
Olympia School District’s four-year Maintenance and Operations Replacement Levy (Proposition 1) received 74.79 percent yes votes compared to 25.21 percent no votes in the first set of returns counted on Election Day. The replacement levy pays for nearly one-quarter of the school district’s day-to-day programs and operations and renews an expiring four-year levy approved by voters in 2012.
Voters also approved a $160.7 million school improvements bond (Proposition 2) with 71.25 percent yes votes compared to 28.75 percent no votes, according to the unofficial results released on February 9.
As more ballots were received at the Elections division, the numbers continued to change until they were finalized on February 19.
“We want to thank our voters for their ongoing support of our schools,” said Superintendent Dick Cvitanich, who was at the election ballot processing center when the results were announced. “I also want to thank the many volunteers who worked so hard on this campaign, including longtime Olympia Citizens for Schools chairperson Bob Marra, as well as co-chairs Cheryl Selby and Allen Miller.”
Cvitanich continued, “We are excited to move forward with the school bond projects to address continued enrollment growth, smaller class sizes, school safety and security, and aging buildings. Our students, families and community at large will benefit from continued excellent school programs and services that will maintain our tradition of excellence in the Olympia School District.”
Olympia School Board President Mark Campeau was also all smiles as the results were announced and gave a high-five to fellow school board director Frank Wilson when learning both measures had surpassed 71 percent voter approval.
“We are overwhelmed by the support of our community,” Campeau said. “We realize that trust is very important and we will work hard to continue to build that trust. We cannot thank our voters enough for showing such a tremendous outpouring of support for our students and staff.”