YAKIMA, Wash-- The Yakima School Bond passed Tuesday night with sweeping numbers. There was a 68% approval vote for the bond, surpassing the 60% super-majority required.
Gathering at the Yakima School District Administration Building school bond supporters waited for the ballot count. The news they wanted was on the way.
After a phone call, Superintendent Ben Soria shared the news with students, school board members and other bond supporters. They celebrated with a toast, of sparkling cider that is.
The $114 million bond will go towards replacing Eisenhower High School and updating Davis High School.
"This is so important for the future of this community and the kids, this is absolutely just awesome. I mean I don't hardly know how to describe it," said Soria.
Soria credits the hard work of students involved in the "Rock the Vote" campaign, they raised awareness of the school bond. The "Yes for Yakima Kids" school bond committee also raised funds for a media campaign involving commercials and billboards.
Mail in ballots will continue to come in. But, with the 68% majority so far it's likely the approval will stick.