Looking ahead: area reaction to Pasco school bond approval
PASCO, Wash. — Andy Jensen of Pasco said he's never seen an election run this close,
"If you ever thought that your vote doesn't matter, it certainly can. This proves it."
Officials said Proposition 1 was approved by "seven or eight" votes, but before today, the last count had the bond down by one vote.
Andrea Luther has two kids in the Pasco School District and said she couldn't be happier when she heard the results,
"I did dance around. I did my happy dance."
She told Action News she's relieved, but cautions the work isn't done,
"Obviously, the community has a lot to say, we can address that. I think this is a great step."
Luther was part of the Pasco Community Building group that school district officials consulted when drawing up plans for the bond.
She said this outcome makes getting involved feel worthwhile.
Pasco School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney echoes Luther's excitement,
"We had faith that we would be able to provide for our kids regardless of the outcome, but we're just absolutely grateful to have this opportunity."
She said the first school the bond will affect, currently named Elementary 16, will open in August of 2019.
The Superintendent said this is just phase one and there is more work to be done,
Pasco School District is relying on 254 portable classrooms and it's still growing.
Whitney said they want to get the entire community involved in phase two as they plan for future growth,
"But absolutely we know that the very best solutions come from our community, and from our staff, and from our parents, so we're happy to have community participating. All are welcome."
For more information on Pasco School District's Community Builders group, visit their website.