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Board approves replacement levy proposal

In their meeting on Nov. 9, the Clover Park School District Board of Directors voted to submit a proposal for a replacement, four-year educational programs and operations levy to voters on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

The Feb. 9 levy proposal will replace the district’s current educational programs and operations levy, which expires in 2016. It will not be a new tax.

If approved by voters, the levy will generate:

$23.5 million in 2017;
$23.5 million in 2018;
$23.5 million in 2019; and
$23.5 million in 2020.

According to superintendent Debbie LeBeau, funds from the levy will be spent for classroom support (80 percent), instructional technology (10 percent), maintenance and operations (five percent) and safety and security (five percent). Priorities will include: maintaining reduced class sizes; purchase of textbooks and instructional materials; purchase of library materials and librarians; districtwide teaching and learning activities, including training; after-school and summer school programs; classroom computers and instructional software; school building maintenance (painting, roofing, flooring and lighting); campus safety and security; and emergency management preparations.

“When approved, this levy proposition will allow the district to maintain its current educational programs and services,” said Rick Ring, administrator for business services and capital projects.

The estimated tax rate for the levy is $4.76 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

More detailed information will be available soon.