The aging buildings of the Sedro-Woolley School District are likely to get some of the much needed TLC district officials have long said they need.
With early special election results in Tuesday, 60% of voters in the district are approving a six-year, $15 million capital projects levy that will allow for repairs at each of the district's 10 schools.
The levy is passing 3,176 votes to 2,132.
"This is a win for our students, a win for our teachers and our schools, and honestly our whole community," Sedro-Woolley School Board President Christina Jepperson said.
After failing in two attempts to get voters to approve bond proposals that would have allowed the district to build a new elementary school — one for $79.5 million and one for $44.5 million — Tuesday's results are finally what the district was hoping for, although it had to change tactics to get there.
Bonds require 60% approval for passage, while levies require 50% plus one vote.
The levy will allow the district to repair and replace heating systems, roofs and parking lots.
A portion of the money will also go toward funding a school resource officer, which is to be funded in partnership with the Sedro-Woolley Police Department after voters in November approved a public safety levy to help fund the department.