Voters selective in schools election

One of the four school districts in Pierce and King counties got the results it was hoping for in a special election Feb. 14.

Voters in the Peninsula School District gave a 60 percent-plus thumbs-up to a three-year educational programs and operations levy and a six-year levy for building-safety, security and technology.

Ballot measures in the Orting, Steilacoom and Enumclaw school districts were rejected after none received the 60 percent approval required to pass.

Peninsula district officials thanked voters. School Board member Natalie Wimberley said the “community has shown they understand and value the importance of quality schools. The success of these levies will allow us to continue funding essential programs and staff and make necessary security and technology improvements across our school district.”

Orting’s $150 million bond proposal, which would have funded construction for new or expanded elementary schools among other plans, had a 54 percent yes vote.

Steilacoom, with a 57 percent yes vote, fell short of approval of its $116 million bond measure for a new elementary school, a high school sports stadium, and other upgrades.

In the Enumclaw district, only 24 percent of voters cast ballots favoring a $253 million bond measure that called for construction of elementary schools, a performing arts center, and sports and building security improvements.

Final results of the election will be certified Feb. 24.