Levy Facts and Video Clips

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear Families and Community,

I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you! As we approach the Feb. 14 levy election, I wanted to share our Levy Facts informational flyer.

All of our local levies are expiring – the supplemental levy passed last year, our daily operations levy (M&O) and our technology levy (capital projects). Replacements for our operations and technology levies will be on the Feb. 14 ballot, which will be mailed later this month. These are not new levies, but replace those that are expiring.

Last week, we were encouraged when the state Supreme Court recognized that Washington state is not meeting its legal obligation to fund K-12 education as its top priority. However, the state has until 2018 to respond and, given the state economy, we don’t anticipate a positive impact on our budget anytime soon.

Leading up to the Feb. 14 election, I will continue to share more quick video clips that illustrate how we use local dollars effectively and efficiently. Today’s video clip features a Kulshan Middle School student demonstrating how he uses his personal technology to help with his assignments. This demonstrates we need better infrastructure in our schools and training for staff as part of our next technology levy to support this type of innovation for more students. In case you missed the last video clip I sent, this brief video features another example of what our technology levy funds related to special education.

Happy New Year,


Greg Bake