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Back to the drawing board for Pasco School District

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PASCO, Wash. -- After a crushing defeat for a bond to build new schools, the Pasco School District is going back to the drawing board to explore new options to fix their problem...overcrowding.

District leaders are looking at a multi-track school year, meaning students would go to school in shifts throughout the whole year.

They are also considering buying more portable buildings, or finding community buildings for school related programs.

Tuesday night, the majority of voters decided not to pas a $59 million bond. The bond only received 46% yes votes, and needed a 60% super-majority to pass.

Dennis Maguire with the Pasco School District says, "Classroom teachers will continue to do the good job they're doing. We appreciate the community support and input and we'll be continuing to have discussions with community members in how to deal with the overcrowding that's occurring."

The district did not rule out another bond proposal in the future, but said that's an option that will be closely scrutinized.