Levy facts for special election Feb. 11

A Message from the Department of Communications and Community Relations

We wanted to share some information with staff, families and community members about our upcoming replacement levies.

We have an operations and technology capital levy on the upcoming special election ballot on Feb. 11, 2020. These would replace two voter-approved levies from 2016 that will expire soon. These levies pay for nearly 25 percent of the cost of educational services in Bellingham Public Schools not adequately funded by the state.

Our upcoming replacement operations levy supports teaching and learning: pays for teachers; counselors; nurses and other staff; lowers class sizes; supports teaching and learning; and provides arts, music, athletics and other programs for the whole child. It also funds other basic operations and programs such as safety, Special Education, English Language Learner and highly capable programs; supports food services and wellness; pays for nurses and counselors; and supports field trips and Project Free Education.

The technology capital levy is a fundamental part of our instructional program that pays for computers; classroom technologies; adaptive technologies for children with special needs; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources; career and technical education (CTE) supports; staff who maintain equipment and provide training; and software and curriculum licensing.  Beyond technical devices, digital citizenship, education of online safety, empathy and responsibility are included. Professional development and support for staff is also included in the levy. The technology levy also supports school safety measures; replacement maintenance equipment and vehicles; portables and windows in our some of our schools.

For the upcoming replacement tech levy, we are continuing a 1:1 (one-to-one) technology initiative to support learning and prepare students for the future. Our current 1:1 technology model provides middle and high school students a device for classroom and take-home use. Each student in grades 3 to 5 use classroom-based devices.

 

For more information about our levies, including the financial impact, please visit our FAQ.

For a big picture review of what our current technology levy (2016-20) has funded, go here.

Please vote on Feb. 11.