Initial election results show strong support for two Seattle Public Schools levies
Thank You Voters!
Based on the initial ballot count released by King County Elections on February 9, Seattle’s voters showed strong support for the renewal of two school district levies. If the trend continues as all votes are counted, both levies will be approved.
With more than 96,000 ballots counted, unofficial returns show the 3-year, $758.3M Operations Levy receiving 71.07 percent yes votes and the $475.3M, 6-year capital levy, Buildings Technology and Academics IV, also garnering support from 70.79 percent of voters.
“On behalf of the 52,000 students served by Seattle Public Schools, I want to express my gratitude to Seattle voters,” said Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland. “We need the support and collaboration of our entire community to reach the goal we have for our students – that they graduate from high school prepared for college, career and life. The consistent strong approval for Seattle levies is just one of the many ways in which our community shows that support.”
Dr. Nyland added, “I especially want to thank Schools First, the grass roots, citizen-based campaign organization that works to help pass Seattle School levies. I also wish to thank the incredible corps of volunteers, including family members, PTSA groups, and staff members who worked tirelessly to ensure passage of the levies and success for Seattle’s students.”
The Operations Levy represents more than 25 percent of Seattle Public Schools' general fund operating budget and supports educational programs and services not fully funded by the state.
It pays for;
- A portion of teacher, instructional assistant and support staff salaries
- Textbooks, classroom supplies, safety and building security,
- Special education and bilingual services,
- Professional development and training,
- Bus transportation,
- Student activities such as athletics, music, arts, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
Renewal of the Buildings, Technology and Academics Capital Levy
The Buildings, Technology and Academics IV Capital Levy support the district’s long-range plans to;
- Upgrade and renovate aging school facilities and address enrollment growth.
- Three school buildings will be reopened to address capacity needs due to growing enrollment.
- Buildings projects including renovations, major maintenance, and health and safety improvements.
- Technology classroom equipment and instructional support to enhance student learning.
- Academics projects to meet the educational requirements and needs of students.
- Athletics improvements to upgrade fields.