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FHS students leave the school campus to march to Centennial Riverwalk Park after voters failed to approve construction of a new high school (November 14, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News

Ferndale students march after school bond fails to get enough votes

Ferndale Police officers and Ferndale School District staff stood by to ensure the safety of some students who said they were holding a walk out during the last period of the school day today. This after a bond proposal to fund construction of a new high school appeared to have failed by less than 2% of the 60% approval votes needed.

While the ballot count has yet to be made official, as of November 9th, the bond proposition had garnered 58.51% approval votes.

About 1pm today, students gathered outside on the Ferndale High School campus for last-minute instructions from a male student who addressed the group. They also received a request from Ferndale Police Lieutenant Bill Hatchett to stay on the sidewalks and obey pedestrian laws during their walk through the downtown area.

The students left the FHS campus on the sidewalks, following Vista Drive into the downtown area and then congregating by the fountain at Centennial Riverwalk Park. Some of the students addressed the group about why they were marching and then the group took up positions on the Main Street Pioneer Bridge cheering passing vehicles and getting horn honks in return.


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There were no incidents reported. According to Hatchett, “they all did great.”

Editor’s note: apologies for the unrelated law enforcement radio transmissions during this video.

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