Blaine school district staff and supporters gathered at the Pizza Factory in Blaine on Tuesday, April 26, to await the results of the bond election. 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.