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Culver School Bond Supporters Celebrating Likely Victory

OPB | Nov. 14, 2013 3:38 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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After enduring more than a week of uncertainty, supporters of $8.8 million school bond in Culver are celebrating what appears to be a razor-thin victory.

On the day after the election, bond backers were sitting on a three vote lead.  But Jefferson County Clerk Kathy Marston says at the time, there were four contested ballots, that in theory, could have turned that victory into a defeat. 

Since then, at least two of those ballots have been verified as “yes” votes.  Should that count hold, the measure will pass allowing the district to add new classrooms and replace its aging heating and electric systems.

Culver Schools Superintendent Stephanie Garber says this was the fourth consecutive attempt to pass a school bond in Culver.

“My grandfather used to tell me all the time that the greater the struggle, the greater the feeling when you reach success.  And I would have to say that this is really one of those times,” said Garber.

While there aren’t enough contested ballots remaining to change the results, there are enough to trigger an automatic recount.  Those voters have until the end of the day Friday to verify their signatures.

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