Blaine school bond fails by less than 1 percent

Published on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Rebecca Potts drops a Blaine school district capital projects bond election ballot into the drop box inside Blaine city hall on April 26. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz


The Blaine school district capital projects bond initiative did not meet the 60 percent requirement and has failed as of Wednesday, April 27.

The “yes” votes for the bond initiative reached 59.1 percent, a mere 0.9 percent off of the 60 percent supermajority needed for bond initiatives. Voter turnout was 46.4 percent with 4,516 ballots being cast.

Whatcom County elections supervisor Pete Griffin said there are not enough ballots left to warrant another count. The election will be certified on May 11.

District superintendent Ron Spanjer said he has accepted Wednesday’s count and wished to thank the public for the support the election campaign has received.

“We had some absolutely remarkable people working in the community,” he said. “Their efforts have been monumental.”

Spanjer said the district will not try for a new bond in the near future. He added district faculty and staff will still provide quality education to the community’s children.

“Teaching and learning will still go on,” he said.

The 2008 Blaine capital projects bond initiative failed by about 4 percent, with 54.5 percent of the vote in favor and 45.4 percent against. In the 2008 election, the total voter turnout was 3,893.

For updated election information, visit the county auditor's website.