The Anchorage School District hoped voters would approve funding to help aid in repairing earthquake-damaged schools in Tuesday’s municipal election. According to preliminary results on Wednesday, the $59 million bond proposition for the district was passing with more than 26,000 votes in favor.

More than 18,000 residents have voted against it.

School Board president Starr Marsett said Tuesday night that she was a little concerned with the slim margin, but is happy overall.

"The city of Anchorage, Eagle River, Girdwood and the others have voted and said we'll support our schools and, boy, we're glad to hear it," she said.

A $4 million chunk of the money was added to fund repairs to Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary School, which sustained significant damage due to the Nov. 30 earthquake.

The school district has already invested in repairs with money from other projects that came in under budget. Marsett said in March the district hoped financial aid would come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, too. If not, the district may have to dip into its general fund reserves.

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