Voters back schools

The OlympianFebruary 13, 2014 

Recognizing the importance of a quality education in modern, safe schools, South Sound voters this week approved more than $300 million in bonds and levies. The overwhelming percentage of yes-votes — as much as 71 percent in Tumwater — shows how highly our community values its schools.

It’s the students who will benefit from upgrading old schools and building new ones, from adding technology and from making schools and buses safer.

Those who voted in the North Thurston, Olympia, Tumwater and Griffith school districts made the right decision.

We only wish more people had voted. Of those registered to vote, only 29 percent cast a ballot. And while an average of 64.5 percent voted in favor of the ballot measures in the four successful districts, that number represents just 18.5 percent of registered voters.

This state struggles about how to fund education appropriately. South Sound voters left no doubt: They stand firmly in support of schools.

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