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Simple Majority Brings 'Super' Results for Local School Districts

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TRI-CITIES, Wash.--Heading into Tuesday's school levy vote, school administrators didn't know what to think.

That's because 2008 would be the first time a simple majority or 50% of the vote would be required to pass a school levy.

Had the super majority vote, meaning 60%, been required, both Kennewick and Richland school levies would have failed. Which according to both school districts, would have impacted every student.

"Transportation, supplies, coaches, after school programs, things that we really value and want for our students are funded by the levy," says Nancy Kerr, Co-Chair of the Kennewick Citizens Levy Committee.

"In the old days, of course, we would have had to run the levy again because we're just short of the 60 (percent), but since the constitutional amendment was changed, we have a victory tonight," mentions Steve Aagaard, Richland School District.

Even though Pasco School District's levy passed at 60 percent, school board member, Mike Miller told KNDU he isn't yet ready to call victory. 

He said there are close to 2,000 ballots that still need to be counted. Those numbers won't be known, he says, until Friday (February 22nd, 2008).