Updated results Wednesday confirmed what many already suspected on Election Night: Nikki Lockwood has been elected to the Spokane Public Schools board and the West Valley School District budget is getting a shot in the arm.
Meanwhile, the fate of a $4.2 million levy in the Cheney School District is still in doubt; it leads by 86 votes out of 5,122 cast.
The updated tally clinched Lockwood’s victory over Katey Treloar. As of Wednesday night, Lockwood had 20,920 votes, or 52.42%. Treloar had 18,654, or 46.75%.
About 50,000 votes remain to be tallied countywide. It’s unclear how many of those are within the city limits.
In two other Spokane school board races, Jenny Slagle and Kevin Morrison maintained their strong leads from Tuesday night. Slagle outpolled Kelli MacFarlane 54.3% to 44.8%, while Morrison extended his advantage over Erin Georgen, 57% to 42.1%.
Votes in favor of the two-year West Valley supplemental levy led 53% to 47% Tuesday night, but moved further into the clear as more ballots were counted.
As of Wednesday afternoon, it was passing 54.4% to 45.6%.
With its passage, the district hopes to restore some of the programs and staff that were cut during the summer. It’s expected to generate about $5.3 million over two years.
The supplemental levy “will help us get back up to where our budget was before our levy was cut,” Deputy Superintendent Doug Matson said during the campaign.
The Cheney capital levy would raise $4.2 million, primarily for future school sites and technology upgrades.
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