By Theresa Woelk

Staff writer

ECHO — Echo Students, parents, school officials and community members had reason to celebrate after voters approved a $3.3 million bond Tuesday.

The bond will pay for much needed renovations to the elementary building and constructing a new cafeteria and a new high school. It will cost a homeowner with a $100,000 home about $348 each year.

The district experienced a strong voter turnout for the election. Echo Superintendent Rob Waite estimated the rate at more than 75 percent. 351 people participated in the election with 182 people voting in favor of the bond and 168 people voting against the measure. One ballot was not punched in favor or against the bond.

"It was truly an amazing turnout," Waite said. "We were concerned about getting enough votes during an off election. It shows that people care about education in this community."

(For the full story, please see the March 14, 2003, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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