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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 28, 2015 NEW m Chen February 2015 Election TO Whitman County Line ey 0 District #360 2015 Voting $44.88 million high school 0 I expansion and remodel bond KEY ",:~ 50% & Below ~1, : :. 50% - 60% Appr0va[ 60% - 70% Approval' m 70%+ Approval m City Limit _.w Spokane [ 'Over 60% approval runder 60% approval April 2015 Election To Whitman County Line ! Graphic by Brittani Monte The graphic above depicts voting patterns in the Cheney School District for the February and April high school expansion and. renovation bond special elections. Arrl represent the percentage of overall support for the bond in five areas: Airway Heights, Cheney, Geiger Heights, the 9th Legislative District and WindsodMarsh is continued from page 1 just below 64 percent in April. Overall turnout increased to just over 40 percent from 36.18 percent in February, with 1,732 of 4,320 active voters returning ballots. Results were similar in other areas of north/northwest of Cheney and includ- ing Four Lakes all switching to no. Cheney voters cast 169 more ballots in April, with 139 voting to reject the concentrated populations in the district, bond, leading to a decline in support in all five precincts. In several precincts, the bond declined from 57.39 percent to that decline was pronouncedl In the February election, none of the five were under 60 percent support, the lowestbeing 6701 in central south and east of Eastern Washington University the lowest at 63.06 percent. Two pre- cincts north of Elm Street, 6703 and cent. Of the 110 additional ballots cast in these five precincts, 21 voted to approve and 17 of those came from 6030. No decision has been made by the Cheney School Board on the fate of the current bond proposal. In a letter posted 6704, both topped 70 percent, with 6704 the highest in the city at 73.95. In the April ballot, only 6704 re- mained above 70 percent at 70.95. Pre- cinct 6703 dropped to just over 65 per- cent support, precincts 6702 and 6701 declined to just over 60 percent while 6700, the neighborhoods surrounding Salnave Park, dipped under superma- jority support at 59.24 percent. Overall support declined in Cheney from almost 69 percent in February to In Airway Heights, overall support for on the districts website May 4, school a Matchback report for the Febru special election. ~ Dotson said they also haven't had opportunity to square the April resl with the results of a survey the dist conducted on its website after the 1~ ruary election to determine if the bc board president Henry Browne said they should be re-run. Of the 577 responde 54.32 percent, although Voter turnout had hoped to use the proceeds from the completing the survey, 78 percent url also increased by over 4.5 percentage bond sales to deal with enrollment and the board to re-run the bond, althot points to 28.81 percent, overcrowding issues at the high school, the questions posed asked responde Support also declined among the "HoWever, we respect the voters' whether or not they supported aspc five precincts making up the Windsor/ wishes and will work with our staff and of the bond such as expansion of cl~ Marshal area, dropping to 57.39 percent community to find ways to address our rooms, a new performing arts comp] from just over 60 percent in February. facility challenges," Browne wrote, new cafeteria/commons area, adc Turnout also increased and actually Associate Superintendent Sean Dot- gym space and safety renovations. exceeded the district-wide average at son said the district hasn't had a chance All of these received overwhelm 45 percent, with two precincts, 6029 and to do its own analysis of the April bond support from respondents. Now, 6030, straddling Cheney-Spokane Road results other than look at some precinct district's task is to find out more ab, topping 53 and 51 percent, data. The district has ordered a Match- what voters want. There was a bright spot in this area back report from the county Elections "We really are very thankful for as voters in precinct 6030, around the Department in order to study voter support of our community," Dot~ Fairways development and Snowdon, trends, headded, said. "Our goal is to get commun Windsor elementary schools and West- ~ Matchback reports provide infor- feedback, to get ideas from support~ wood Middle School, approved the bond marion such as who voted, where the and from those who don't agree." by almost 3 m0re percentage points than voter lives and when they returned John McCallum can be reached in February, up from 64.35 to 67.12 per- their ballot. The school district ordered jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. 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