LWSD bond closes gap slightly while levies increase lead

The latest round of results for the Lake Washington School District's (LWSD) special election were released Friday, with both levies increasing their leads and the bond approval on Prop 3 inching closer to a 60 percent passage.

According to King County Elections, Prop 3 has increased its approval percentage to 57.75, about a quarter of a percentage point from the previously reported results. The yes vote total has increased to 17,731 votes. The measure needs 60 percent approval to pass.

The bond measure would allow the district to continue with its modernization program with funds going toward replacing aging schools throughout the district.

Six schools are scheduled to be replaced, including two in Redmond: Evergreen Middle School and Norman Rockwell Elementary School.

In addition, the bond would address the district's overcrowding issue with the addition of three new elementary schools, one new middle school, additions to Eastlake and Lake Washington high schools, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) choice high on the west side of the district and an international-focused choice high school on the east side of the district.

Two of the new elementary schools would be built in Redmond — one in the Redmond Ridge East neighborhood and one in North Redmond. LWSD communications director Kathryn Reith said these locations were chosen because the area schools — Rosa Parks Elementary School on Redmond Ridge and Albert Einstein and Rockwell elementary schools in North Redmond — are at capacity.

Prop. 1, Education Programs and Operations Levy, is passing with 21,306 votes in favor. The vote total increased approval percentage to 65.44.

Prop. 2, the Capital Projects Levy, is passing with 20,948 votes in favor. The vote total increased the approval percentage to 64.29.

The two levies are renewals and require a simple majority of 50 percent, plus one to pass.

So far, King County elections has received 32,695 ballots for the district's special election, making for a 30.51 percent voter turnout.

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