School Superintendent measures excitement as early numbers lean toward approval of school bonds

Channel 2 reporter Derek Minemyer asks ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop about preliminary voter results on school bonds at Election Central Tuesday night.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Preliminary numbers show out of a total of just under 43,000 cast ballots, about 25,000 voters approve of passing Ballot Proposition No. 1 involving school bonds for capital improvements to the Anchorage School District, with around 17,400 opposed. ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop shared her reaction at the Election Center on Tuesday night.

“At this time, I feel fantastic,” Bishop said. “It’s a real testament to our community’s support of its schools. However, I’m pretty conservative in my views, I’m not going to count my chickens before they hatch.”

The bond money from Proposition No. 1 on the 2019 Regular Municipal Election Ballot would help extend the life of buildings within the school district through funding projects like significant roof replacements and boiler repairs. Also included in the bonds is $4 million to begin design and construction on earthquake-damaged schools.

“The bond was nothing fancy, it was simply just to keep up our facilities,” Bishop said. “But also to add to the earthquake, the damage, to really take care of some of those immediate needs.”

Voter confirmation of the school bonds would authorize the city of Anchorage to collect, for every $100,000 of assessed property value, an annual tax increase of $13.35 to retire the bonds.

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