South Whidbey School District Levy Election

Vote!

Return your ballot by Tuesday, February 12, and support South Whidbey School District on two school levies.

Operations Levy Replacement

  • Help fund athletics, music and art
  • Help with costs for special education, bus and food services
  • Help maintain class sizes, programs and services
Learn more

Capital Improvements Levy Replacement

  • Help maintain educational facilities for safety and security
  • Help students compete in a technology-driven job market
  • Help students learn with leading tools and technology
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Vote yes

The Levies


Operations Levy Replacement

The Replacement for Educational Programs and Operations Levy will support the District’s educational programs and operations that are not funded or not fully funded by the state, including extra costs associated with athletics, arts and music.

Food service

Special Ed

Athletics

Music

Art

Bus service

Why now?

The proposed Educational Programs and Operations Levy is a replacement of the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy that was approved by the voters in February 2016. That authority expires on December 31, 2019. On February 12, 2019, the school district will ask voters to approve a renewal levy that will continue those levy funds for another three years beginning January 1, 2020. This levy helps maintain class size, improves student achievement, maintains programs and services, and funds the extra costs associated with food service, special education, athletics, music, arts and bus services not covered by the state.

What will it cost?

Levies are funded through property taxes. The Replacement for Educational Programs and Operations Levy will cost 95¢ per $1,000 of tax assessed property value. The request is the same amount the district has been collecting for the past three years.

Example: A home with an assessed value of $300,000 would be approximately $285 annually.

Year Estimated rate Funding
2020 $0.95 $4,017,000
2021 $0.95 $4,018,000
2022 $0.95 $4,019,000
Per $1,000 of assessed valuation

Capital Improvements Levy Replacement

The Replacement Capital Improvements, including Facilities, Technology and Safety Levy will provide funding for needed repairs and renovations of school buildings and grounds. Funding will be provided to upgrade the district’s infrastructure and to provide essential technology upgrades for classrooms, students and faculty.

Renovation

Upgrading

Modernization

Safety

Security

Technology

Why now?

The proposed Capital Improvements, including Facilities, Technology and Safety Levy is a replacement of the Capital Projects Levy that was approved by the voters in February 2013. That authority expires on December 31, 2019. On February 12, 2019, the school district will ask voters to approve a renewal levy that will continue those levy funds for another six years beginning on January 1, 2020. This levy will be for renovation, upgrading and modernization of educational facilities or the District including safety, security and technology improvements.

What will it cost?

Levies are funded through property taxes. The Replacement Capital Improvements, including Facilities, Technology and Safety Levy will cost between 47¢ and 52¢ per $1,000 of tax assessed property value. The request is the same amount the district has been collecting for the past six years.

Example: A home with an assessed value of $300,000 would be between approximately $140 and $156 annually.

Year Estimated rate Funding
2020 $0.52 $2,250,000
2021 $0.51 $2,250,000
2022 $0.50 $2,250,000
2023 $0.49 $2,250,000
2024 $0.48 $2,250,000
2025 $0.47 $2,250,000
Per $1,000 of assessed valuation
Help maintain the level of quality education in our schools.

Election ballots

On or about January 25, 2019, Island County will mail Special Election ballots to South Whidbey residents (School District 206). Voting questions should be directed to Island County Auditors at 360-679-7366 or by email. More information can be found online at the Island County Auditors elections page.

Postal mail

Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day. Please check with your local Post Office to clarify the last pickup of the day. State Law requires a ballot must have a postmark on or before Election Day (RCW 29A.40.091(4)). If a ballot is postmarked after Election Day, it cannot be counted. No postage is required to return your ballot.

Ballot drop boxes

ADA Compliant Ballot drop boxes are available 24 hours per day from the time ballots are mailed to voters. They will close promptly at 8:00 p.m. on election night. Visit the Island County Auditors elections page for an exhaustive list of Island Country drop boxes. South Whidbey locations are available in Clinton, Langley and Freeland.

Clinton

Ken's Korner Shopping Center
4141 SR 525
Clinton, WA 98236

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Langley

United States Postal Service Front patio
115 Second Street
Langley, WA 98260

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Freeland

Trinity Lutheran Church
18341 SR 525
Freeland, WA 98249

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A letter from the superintendent

January 2019

Dear South Whidbey Community,

On February 12, voters in South Whidbey will be voting to renew two existing school levies.

The Capital Levy will maintain the ability to continue capital improvements and the upkeep of technology. During the last six (6) years, we have provided all students with the opportunity for 1:1 technology, maintained and improved infrastructure, and provided training to teachers by two teachers on special assignments (TOSAs). Additionally, with the Capital Levy, we have replaced carpeting, painted, purchased furniture, replaced aging HVAC systems, etc. We have many more projects on the horizon as we continue to educate our students.

The Replacement Levy (previously referred to as the Maintenance and Operations Levy) is meant to provide funding for those employees and services not funded by the state. This includes athletics, additional nursing, mental health services, teachers beyond the “prototypical” funding model outlined by the state (approximately 20 teachers, including some special educators), food services, transportation beyond the state portion, and more.

Approximately $4 million of the district’s $20 million budget is provided by these levy funds. Public Schools across the state depend on their local communities to provide programs and services beyond what the state funds.

Our community has consistently supported these levies, and we continue to need your support as we seek to replace these two critical levies.

As you will see in this newsletter, we have many innovative programs. We look forward to continuing to offer excellent services for our students and community.

Please make sure you vote by February 12, 2019. Ballots will be in the mailboxes around January 25, 2019.

Thank you for all of your support and Happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Jo Moccia
Email me at jmoccia@sw.wednet.edu
Visit our new website at www.sw.wednet.edu

Q&A

To support programs and maintenance operations that are not funded or fully funded by the state.

The proposed Replacement for Educational Programs and Operations Levy replaces one approved by voters in February 2016 and expires on December 31, 2019. On February 12, 2019, the school district will ask voters to approve a renewal levy that will continue those levy funds for another three years beginning on January 1, 2020.

The proposed Replacement Capital Improvements, including Facilities, Technology and Safety Levy replaces one approved by voters in February 2013 and expires on December 31, 2019. On February 12, 2019, the school district will ask voters to approve a renewal levy that will continue those levy funds for another six years beginning January 1, 2020.

Approximately twenty percent of our school district budget is funded through a maintenance and operations levy.

Levy dollars paid for and will continue to fund programs not completely funded by the state. Examples include:

  • Librarians, counselors, music and classified instructional support staff
  • Athletics and Arts programs
  • Coaches and advisors for co-curricular activities
  • Staff professional development and classroom substitutes
  • Textbooks and library resources
  • Student transportation, food service and special education classes
  • Highly capable student programs
  • Maintaining class size
  • Improving student achievement levels
  • Social-Emotional Learning

The six-year Capital Projects/Technology Levy will provide for much needed repairs and improvements to school buildings and grounds, and technology maintenance for classrooms, students and faculty. This levy supports the technology programs used in the classrooms on a daily basis: Newslea, Aleks, Brainpop, membean, IXL Math, Renaissance Learning, Snap and Read, Read Naturally, MobyMax, Babel, our robo program to contact all families—School Messenger Communicate, our website, etc.

In 2013, a six-year $2 million capital projects levy approved by our voters authorized:

  • Funding for needed repairs and renovations of school buildings and grounds.
  • Funding to maintain the district’s technology infrastructure.
  • Funding for essential, standards-based technology upgrades for classrooms, students and staff.
  • Training and technical support for the new technology.

The Maintenance and Operations Levy was last voted on February 9, 2016. This three-year levy expires December 31, 2019. The Capital Projects/Technology Levy was last voted on February 13, 2013. This six-year levy expires December 31, 2019.

South Whidbey Schools have consistently had the lowest levy rates in Island and Snohomish Counties.

For more information on the South Whidbey School District levies, contact Dan Poolman at dpoolman@sw.wednet.edu or Kristina Macarro at 360-221-6808, x2245 or by email at kmacarro@sw.wednet.edu.

Election Day is February 12, 2019. On or about January 25, 2019, Island County will mail Special Election ballots to South Whidbey residents. Voting questions should be directed to Island County Auditors at 360-679-7366 or by email (elections@co.island.wa.us). More information can be found online at the Island County Auditors elections page.