Updated Snoqualmie Valley School Board and Si View MPD November 8th Election Results

Updated November 10th, 2011, at 4:45PM

King County Elections counted and added more ballots to the November 8th election results.  As of today, November 10th:

Director District #2:  Geoff Doy now leading incumbent Caroline Loudenback by a wider margin –  80 votes – race still too close to call.

Director District #3:  Carolyn Simpson still defeating incumbent Craig Husa by nearly 8.6 percentage points

Director District #5:  Dan Popp still defeating challenger, Peggy Johnson, by nearly 15 percentage points.

Si View Metropolitan Parks District Propositions 1 & 2:   Passing with 87% and 74% approval rate – surging past the needed 50% and 60% majorities.King County Elections updates results each day around 4:30PM.

The Loudenback/ Doy race will most likely come down to election certification on November 30th.

For all election results visit King County Elections

Comments

  1. True school supporter says

    I’m sorry, but this is not good news for the district. Such short memories people seem to have. SIGH, I guess that’s it, no new schools around here, ever. Get ready for Mt Si High to experience massive overcrowding as the NO bond voters arrive and shoot down any and all ideas for accommodating our kids.

    Kangas, Givens, Simpson, Spring, Lewandowski and the rest of the NO crowd – you win. Oh and I have to say this here because y’all booted me off the Yahoo discussion group too.

    Have a nice day! I give up on this district.
    -Doug

  2. Mark Hawkins says

    This recent election is very bad news for the parents and the kids of Snoqualmie. One can travel up Snoqualmie Parkway and see all of the land being cleared by Pulte Homes to build 500+ houses as part of SnoRidge Phase II. We could have been pro-active and built the school facilities that would have accomadated this growth. But the bond for the middle school failed by one vote and it was not to be. Now, the district voters have elected at least one and probably two candidates that opposed the bond package.

    I agree with Doug that more overcrowding is on the horizon and, at best, we can expect additional portables as the solution. Eventually, residents of SnoRidge (which will ultimately include the future homeowners of Phase II) will have enough voting power to vote in the construction of new school facilities; I am concerned, however, that such an eventuallity will come too late for my oldest kids.

  3. True school supporter says

    I’ve been doing some thinking and I see maybe one small glimmer of hope. We know that Carolyn Simpson will push the board to cancel the annexation of SMS for Mount Si. In light of the bond failure, that is not such a bad thing IF (and it’s a big IF) she also helps them run another bond proposal for a second high school on the Ridge. If she is backing it, a lot of the people who voted NO on the three bonds for a new High School, who are apparently her supporters, might come around and we finally pass a bond for a new High School.

    But, if the board simply cancels the annexation, without running a new bond for a High School, we’re in trouble. Put another way, if Carolyn just keeps shooting down every bond proposal by just continually saying we need more data, we need more data, (which really means, “we don’t need any new schools”) then we’re in trouble.

    -Doug

    • Hi All–
      Just wanted to clarify a few things. The last bond was for a replacement school–not a new school. I believe that if you spent time with Carolyn, you would find she believes we do need new schools. She also believes we do not need to annext SMS right now. She has stated that throughout her campaign. I would encourage you to spend some time with Carolyn to learn her platforms and her thought process on all these matters. She would welcome the opportunity to speak to you! Laurie

  4. Mark Hawkins says

    I respectfully disagree with Laurie’s comment insofar as it relates to the replacement school.
    Currently SVSD has 5 elementary, 3 middle, and 1 high school – plus an alternative school. Had the Feb/Apr bond issue passed, another school would have been built – for a total by the 11 schools in the district. Disregarding semantics, more educational square footage would have been made available had the bond issue passed, mitigating district overcrowding. More importantly, the new middle school would have been a neighborhood school for the residents of Snoqualmie Ridge; an event that would have been beneficial to the kids living on the Ridge as well the property values of the homes in the development.

    The conversion of old Snoqualmie Middle School (“old SMS”) to a ninth grade campus was the reasoned response by the school board to the failure of three bond issues in 2002, 2005, and 2008 that would built a second high school in the district that would have relived overcrowding in the 9-12th grade ranks. Despite the failure of these school bonds (due in large part to the extremely onerous 60% supermajority requirements contained in Art. VII, Section 2 of the Washington Constitution and the hostility of district voters to the residents of Snoqualmie Ridge) the growth of the k-12 population of the school district was not going to abate. The school board attempted to address the anticipated growth of the district by presenting a less-costly alternative that would convert old SMS to a ninth grade campus while building a new middle school on Snoqualmie Ridge. By removing one grade level from Mt. Si high school, the capacity of the high school would increase by 25% reliving the overcrowding on campus until such time that the growth of Snoqualmie Ridge ensures a working supermajority vote to have a bond issue for a second high school on Snoqualmie Ridge voted into existence.

    I was initially pre-disposed to voting for Carolyn Simpson. I disliked the existing school board’s re-districting maneuvers to minimize the influence of Ridge residents. I am also a former Ernst & Young employee (not the Seattle office) and Ridge resident. But the adverse vote on the middle school that she and Mr. Doy cast were deal breakers (not that it matters at this point since both will likely win). The growth of the school district is self-evident by the land being developed at Jacobia and Snoqualmie Parkway. The kids that will live in these developments will need to be educated somewhere and it is my preference that we have the facilities that accommodate this growth rather than building too late and having my kids suffer through overcrowding.

  5. Doug Henderson says

    Well said Mark, you hit the nail on the head. People forget that the annexation plan only came about because THREE TIMES a bond came up for a high school and failed. Stephen Kangas likes to refer to this last bond as “whacky,” but there was nothing whacky about it given that the more natural solution of a new high school seems to have no chance of ever passing. Oh and by the way, “whacky” bond proposals don’t get 59.99% support as this one did.

    Carolyn and Mr. Kangas are fond of saying “we need more schools but not an annexation of SMS” while offering up no solution to the fact that the voters of this district won’t pass a bond for a new high school. It’s all very exasperating and I share your frustration Mark.

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