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Posted on Feb 15, 2016

$108 million school bond passing

Quincy School District Superintendent John Boyd called the apparent passage of a $108 million school bond Wednesday “a huge gift bestowed upon our kids.”
On Monday, the measure was leading 63.8 to 36.1 percent, or 1,356 yes votes to 769 no votes. The bond needed at least 60 percent support to pass.
The election is to be certified on Friday.
The bond will provide something for every school in the district, including a new high school. Boyd said passage was a team effort.
“We had parents with young kids who got excited about this,” he said. “We had young professional people who backed it. We had farmers with a lot of assessed value who put themselves on the line and voted for it. And there was an incredible energy with the school board.”
School board chairman Alex Ybarra said he believes having new and upgraded facilities throughout the district will help attract and keep good teachers. He noted the state of Washington’s teacher shortage also affects Quincy.
Ybarra said he was especially happy that George Elementary School will be getting a long-needed gymnasium that will be used by the entire community, not just students.
“I’m hopeful the George school becomes a shining star in the district,” Ybarra said.
Meanwhile, Boyd said district officials, parents and other community residents will begin discussing design and construction details.
“You have to involve people in the design, the decision-making,” he said. “The Quincy School Board is absolutely focused on making sure voices are heard. It will be a community effort to put our heads together and figure out what we want, particularly with the high school.”
With that in mind, Boyd allowed himself a little time to appreciate the community support reflected by the bond passage. But he didn’t plan to savor the victory for long.
“Now the work begins,” he said.