Voters sweet on San Juan Island school levy | Election

Students on the way home at the end of the day at Friday Harbor Elementary School.  - Scott Rasmussen
Students on the way home at the end of the day at Friday Harbor Elementary School.
— image credit: Scott Rasmussen

There's a new roof on the horizon at Friday Harbor Elementary School, as Valentine's Day proved extra sweet for San Juan Island School District.

On Tuesday, San Juan Island voters renewed the district's four-year capital and technology levy in a big numbers, backing the $3.7 million property-tax measure by a margin of 67 percent to 33 percent, with 2,684 ballots counted. About 250 ballots have yet to be tabulated, according to the county Elections department.

"We'd like to get the roof on this summer, but it will depend on our cash flow," district Superintendent Rick Thompson said. "It's the biggest priority and the one we're going to start on first."

Roughly 40 percent of the $3.7 million levy, which is nearly twice the amount of the district's previous capital and technology levy, is earmarked for various repairs, replacements and upgrades at the elementary school. Installation of a new roof, now 25 year old, is anticipated to cost $405,000. The district would like to put the project out to bid this spring, Thompson said.

The new capital and technology levy is expected to finance roughly $1 million of computer-system upgrades at the elementary, middle and high schools, and at the district's headquarters, as well. View the entire list of projects online at the district website.

San Juan voters weren't alone in their support of school financing measures. Lopez Island voters approved a $1 million bond by a margin of 74 percent, and voters on Orcas approved replacement of the school district's maintenance and operations levy, 65 percent to 35 percent, according to the county Elections department.

Tuesday's election results will updated Feb. 16, and certified Feb. 28.

— Scott Rasmussen


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