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Puyallup voters approve school construction and facility improvements bond
Puyallup voters approve school construction and facility improvements bond
Voters have approved a school construction and facility improvements bond to replace three elementary schools, remodel and expand one elementary school, and build a new school according to unofficial November 3 General Election results.
The Pierce County Auditor’s Office reported on election night that the bond, which requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass, has received 68.26 percent 13,072 yes votes compared to 31.74 percent 6,079 no votes.
The $292.5 million bond will replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools with larger elementary schools that will have 30 home rooms (similar in size to the last two elementary schools, Edgerton and Carson, which opened in 2007).  The bond will also build a new elementary school with 44 home rooms on undeveloped district-owned property on 144th Street near 80th Avenue west of Meridian on South Hill.  In addition, the bond will allow for remodeling and expanding Pope Elementary with 44 home rooms.
Voters last approved a school bond in 2004.  Since that time, enrollment growth has created a need for more classrooms and replacement of aging facilities and equipment.  Puyallup is the eighth largest school district in Washington and the second largest district in Pierce County with nearly 23,000 students.
“We appreciate the generous support from our community throughout the election process,” responded Superintendent Tim Yeomans. “We are honored with the committment our community has shown to our students and will continue to make decisions aligned with our primary mission - the improvement of instruction, student growth, and achievement. Passage of this bond is a milestone which will impact elementary students for years to come."
Pleased with the election results, School Board Director Dane Looker shared, "Our community has emphatically endorsed a long term investment which will serve generations of children in the Puyallup community.  We are tremendously thankful for this overwhelming show of support."
The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will certify the General Election results on November 24.