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$60 million school bond may squeak by with 55 percent vote

8,000 votes possibly outstanding Wednesday
By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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With more than one-third of voter ballots still outstanding by press time Wednesday, Placer County polls are cautiously reporting a “yes” vote on the $60 million Measure N school bond.

In order to pass, the bond needs two-thirds or 55 percent voter approval. As of midnight Tuesday, the measure had 55.9 percent of the vote, according to a Placer County election official.

A total of 32,000 voters cast ballots so far in the Nov. 8, 2016 General Presidential election, leaving 8,200 votes still unaccounted for, according to Placer County elections manager Heider Garcia.

Although ballots could still be “making their way” to the elections office, to be valid, they had to be posted no later than midnight Tuesday and must be received at the elections office by Nov. 14, according to Garcia.

Garcia added that not everyone necessarily voted on Measure N.

“But assuming that everybody votes for Measure N, then there could have as many as 8,200 votes left to count,” Garcia said.

If the school bond passes, one of the Western Placer Unified School District’s

first tasks would be to establish a Bond Oversight Committee to ensure accountability for the funds, said Western Placer Unified School District superintendent Scott Leaman.

The school district currently serves 6,879 students, according to the district website.

The $60 million in bond funds are needed to update Glen Edwards Middle School and to build a $30 to $35 million elementary school in south Lincoln Crossing. The new school would accommodate 650 to 800 students, Leaman said.

Part of the funds would be earmarked to purchase a designated site for the new elementary school at the corner of Caledon Circle and Brentford Circle in Lincoln, Leaman said.

The bond would affect all homeowners in the Western Placer Unified School District, Leaman said.

While about half of the $60 million obligation bond would be allotted to build the elementary school, the remaining $25 to $30 million would be needed to upgrade the 69-year-old Glen Edwards Middle School, Leaman said.

If Measure N passes, final plans for the middle school will be approved and work would begin soon thereafter, Leaman said.

Information about Measure N and the Glen Edwards Middle School site master plan are located on the school district website at wpusd.k12.ca.us.

For more information about Measure N, visit the Placer County Elections website at placerelections.com/current-elections, or call the district at 645-6350.