The $8 million Orcas School District bond has been officially been rejected in the Feb. 14 special election. The bond requires a super majority and 59.86 percent voted yes while 40.14 percent voted no. A total of 2,215 ballots were counted; voter turnout was 51.98 percent.
The cost of the bond was 28 cents per $1,000 of property valuation. After examining the top needs from the community and school administration, the school board identified the following projects for the bond. High school: heating system replacement, $1,612,204; water system improvements, $964,053; interior finishes and vestibule, $500,000. Campus-wide: Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant electronic doors, $100,000. New music/multi-purpose room: $1,358,637. New field/track: $2,360,000 total, minus a $1 million donation from a community member, equaling $1.3 million needed from the proposed bond. Elementary school: Interior finish upgrades, $500,000. Old gym: Exterior improvements, locker rooms and bathrooms renovation, equipment, refurbish flooring, $1,428,108. Site: School road improvements, $127,499. Waldron Island school: Interior improvements, $47,600.. Total: $7,998,002.