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Voters Reject $104 Million Hermiston School Bond


Highland Hills first grade teacher Madaline Lann checks students' answers during a math class at Highland Hills Elementary School in Hermiston, Oregon. 

Highland Hills first grade teacher Madaline Lann checks students' answers during a math class at Highland Hills Elementary School in Hermiston, Oregon. 

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Voters rejected a $104 million Hermiston School District bond measure Tuesday, according to unofficial returns as of 10:39 p.m. With 3,695 votes counted, 59 percent opposed the bond and 41 percent approved.

The Hermiston school board campaigned heavily for the bond, which would have funded the construction of a new elementary school, new buildings for Rocky Heights and Highland Hills elementary schools, and significant expansion and upgrades to the high school. They were disappointed at the lopsided result.

“At this point, we need to step back, regroup and take a look at our options, if we have any, and go from there,” said Karen Sherman, Hermiston school board chair on Tuesday evening. Sherman and board members Bonnie Luisi and Jason Middleton ran unopposed and retained their seats, while a fourth seat drew no candidates and will be appointed by the board.

In a statement about the bond failure, Superintendent Fred Maiocco echoed Sherman’s sentiments.

Read more at the Hermiston Herald.

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