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The Edmonds School District is holding an election Tuesday, February 9, 2016, to renew its Technology/Capital Levy. This document provides detailed information on this four-year replacement measure.
The decision to put this measure on the ballot was reviewed extensively and its continuation will help District students to keep pace with today’s learning needs.
“Continuing to provide our students with the instructional and learning tools that are contributing to our overall academic growth and success is essential,” said School Board President Diana White.
The Capital portion of the replacement levy will also address aging roofs and improvements to outdoor facilities.
“Our community is very supportive of our ongoing efforts to be diligent in the maintenance of our schools,” Board member Gary Noble said.
Superintendent Nick Brossoit added, “our supportive community keeps us on a replacement cycle to ensure classroom technology for student learning is available to all students.
“Local support of our public school system has been a key to our students’ academic progress,” he added. “We encourage people to make an informed decision February 9, 2016.”
The Board of Directors of Edmonds School District No. 15, serving the communities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway, adopted Resolution No. 15-49, concerning a proposition to acquire technology for student learning, and make building system improvements. This proposition would authorize the District to replace an expiring levy by levying the following excess taxes upon the taxable property within the District for support of the District's Capital Projects Fund. The replacement levy collection averages $14.75 million per year for each of the four years, 2016 through 2019. The rates per thousand are projected to be between 56 and 59 cents each of the four years.
Why do communities have local technology and capital levies?
People want their local schools to provide the tools needed to improve student learning and provide students with well-maintained, safe learning environments. The state does not provide adequate funding for technology or capital facilities, and the law allows school districts to seek local funding support in these areas through levies.
does renewal of the Technology/Capital Levy provide for students and schools?
The Replacement Technology/Capital Levy provides funding for technology for student learning and capital facilities improvements. The majority of the funds to be collected over four years will be used to replace older equipment and increase current levels of classroom technology for instruction and student learning. Additionally, these funds allow the District to provide local support in technology for: technology-related professional development and tech support; tools for organizational support; and infrastructure upgrades.
In Capital Facilities, these funds will allow the District to provide local support for: outdoor facility improvements; District/parent group partnerships; legally-required infrastructure upgrades; and building system improvements, such as roofing projects at priority locations. The anticipated priority locations include: Meadowdale High, Hazelwood Elementary, Edmonds Elementary, and Brier Terrace Middle.
How much will renewal of the levy cost
Renewal of the four-year Technology/Capital Levy is estimated to cost 59 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2017-2020. For each $100,000 of assessed value, the cost is estimated to be $59 annually, or for a home assessed at $400,000, the cost is estimated to be $236 annually.
What’s the overall projected tax impact for
all the District’s Levies and Bonds combined, if the replacement levy is reapproved by voters?
In the fall of 2013 the district estimated the combined rate for all the District’s tax measures for 2017 would be $5.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The new estimate is lower, at $5.22 for 2017. Historically, the actual rate paid by taxpayers has been consistently under the projected rate provided voters prior to election measures in the last 12 years.
How can I get more
information or have someone speak to my group or organization about the levy?
If you or your organization would like a person to come to your meeting to make a presentation or you have additional questions, please call Debbie Joyce Jakala in Community Relations at 425-431-7044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expanding Student Technology and Online Resources
In 2004, our District passed its first Technology/Capital Levy. With this funding came increased equity of access to technology for students. Important groundwork, including fiber infrastructure, wireless access points, district servers, and setting hardware life cycles has since been added or accomplished with replacement levies approved in 2008 and 2012.
This progress is making our move toward a one-to-one laptop program districtwide for grades 3-12 a possible reality with voter approval of the 2016 replacement levy.
Beginning this school year, all District middle school students were issued Chromebook computers for use at school and home. The program was successfully piloted at one middle school the prior year.
Students are having an amazing opportunity to engage with learning in a meaningful, modern context that helps prepare them for life beyond K-12 education. A districtwide support model to provide teachers continuing education so they can refine their teaching practices to align with and take advantage of having a “one-to-one classroom.”
In addition to providing the computers, levy funds help provide many online resources available to all students. The District has purchased several databases for students and their families to use for research and to practice academic skills.
An online database for articles that can’t be found through Google;
A language and math practice program for K-8;
Gale Virtual Reference Library
A vast database of academic articles for high school students.
To see the full offering of online resources available to students at different grade levels, visit www.edmonds.wednet.edu/onlineresources.
Student Justin Roque watches a video created by his teacher Ryan Treadway in Algebra 1 class.
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