Students at Blaine High School will most likely have new science labs to look forward to after the most recent ballot totals showed solid approval for the $3 million capital projects bond.
The bond, which garnered 60.3 percent approval after the first ballot count was released, increased to 62 percent approval as of Thursday, February 16. Support for the school district's maintenance and operations levy, which would fund approximately 24 percent of the district's everyday expenses, also increased to 65 percent from yesterday's 63.8.
Out of a total 3,959 Blaine and Birch Bay ballots counted so far, 2,820 voters approved the $3 million bond while 1,726 voted against it. A total of 2,970 voters said yes to the maintenance and operations levy while 1,597 voters rejected it.
Approximately $2.4 million of the $3 million bond will be used to upgrade the high school science facilities from one lab room to six. The remaining funds will be used for special education, security, heating and lighting upgrades.
The Blaine school district had tried twice over the past few years to get a capital projects bond passed by district voters. Most recently, voters rejected a $32 million bond initiative by less than one percent in the special election of April 2011.
The county auditor's office estimates there are just 250 ballots left to count countywide. The results of the next ballot count, if necessary, will be released a week from today on Thursday, February 23. The election will be certified on February 28.