After an intense campaign, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Proposition Y passed by a two-thirds margin: 2,199 – 1,109 votes.
The results came out online a little after 9 p.m. It was expected it could have gone later after the polling place at The Heights was in danger of running out of ballots Tuesday morning. It didn’t — ballots were delivered in time, according to Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Beck.
A couple hundred Prop Y supporters gathered at Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar in Maplewood to watch the results come in.
Organizer, Tonya Powell, said after the results were in, that when she first saw Prop Y was going to be on the ballot she was a bit scared.
“We had a great run with Prop K, but levies are harder. You don’t have any pictures of pretty buildings. You can’t show people what they get when it passes. It’s hard to believe now but I was even worried about getting volunteers,” she said.
MRH Superintendent Karen Hall said, “We believe in each other and we believe in our school, and we showed everyone we’re going to continue to provide quality education for all children. The support and the love we felt through this whole process has been amazing.”