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    Seattle Voters Show Support for School Levies 2016
    Posted on 02/12/2016

    The initial ballot count on election night shows more than 70 percent passing rate for the renewal of our two school levies. This is well over the 50 percent required and indicates that both levies with be approved.

    Thank you to Seattle voters, families, PTSAs and staff for your support.

    On behalf of the 52,000 students served by Seattle Public Schools, I want to express my immense gratitude. 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, careers and life. The consistent strong approval for Seattle levies is just one of the many ways in which our community shows that support.

    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.

    The Operations Levy 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.

    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.

    I especially want to thank Schools First, led by Greg Wong, an incredible corps of volunteers, our honorary co-chairs, and the many donors who helped assure passage.

    Seattle Education Association members did even more on behalf of this campaign in donations and telephone calls to voters during their non-working hours.

    As you may know, school districts cannot advocate for tax measures. We rely on this grassroots, citizen-based campaign organization that works to help pass Seattle school levies. Thank you to our many, many volunteers, including family members, PTSA groups, and staff members who worked tirelessly for the passage of the levies and success for Seattle’s students.

    The approval of both levies will allow us to continue our work to ensure educational excellence and equity for every student.

    Dr. Larry Nyland
    Seattle Public School Superintendent