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Still a toss-up for BI school bond….

As of Tuesday night, Bainbridge Island School District’s $42 million capital improvement bond was a few percentage points shy of the 60 percent it needs to pass.

Read all about it in Kitsap Sun education reporter Marietta Nelson’s story.

The measure had 57.6 percent of the vote as of 8 p.m. The Kitsap County Auditor’s office expects another 1,000 to 1,200 ballots from Bainbridge voters. Results will be posted on the auditor’s Web site at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

“We’re going to watch and see what happens over the next couple days. We remain optimistic,” Superintendent Faith Chapel said.

The last school bond was approved with 70 percent of the vote in 2006. Bainbridge voters also approved a $6 million school technology levy that same year.

The economy may have hurt this year’s bond, said campaign co-chair Clif McKenzie.

“I think the economy has everything to do with it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an indication they don’t support schools. I think it’s an indication that the economy is difficult right now. This is just another sign that we’re going through an economic hailstorm the likes of which we have not seen in my generation.”