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Lake Washington School District No. 414

Proposition No. 2
Replacement of Existing Capital Projects Levies

The Board of Directors of Lake Washington School District No. 414 approved Resolution No. 2245 for educational facilities and technology levies. This proposition authorizes the improvement and upgrade of District facilities; including educational technology, software and training; building and site improvements; and authorizes the following excess levies for such purposes on all taxable property within the District:


Collection 
Year

Estimated  
Levy Rate/$1,000
Assessed Value


Levy
Amount

2019 $0.59 $34,200,000
2020

$0.59

$35,900,000
2021

$0.59

$37,600,000
2022 $0.59 $39,100,000


all as provided in the Resolution. Should this proposition be approved?

Yes

No


Lake Washington School District requests voter approval of a Capital Projects levy to enable the district to pay for improvements and upgrades of district facilities, for technology improvements, and equipment and training that are not funded by the state and needed to meet the current and future educational programs for its students. The proposed levy will replace the District’s current levy that expires in 2018 and the taxes would be deposited in the Capital Projects Fund to pay for safety and security items; replacement of aging major building systems such as roofs and heating systems; replacement computers; upgraded server and network infrastructure; instructional and assessment software; and technology support for over 30,000 staff and student computers.

Passage of this proposition would allow the levy of an average of $36.7 million per year over the next four years.  If authorized by the voters and based on current assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would remain at $0.59 beginning in 2019. The exact levy rate shall be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the District at the time of the levy.

Further information is available on the district’s website at www.lwsd.org.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to homeowners who are 61 or older, or disabled, and who meet certain income requirements.  For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments 206-296-3920.

Vote Yes for Our Kids, Schools and Community by voting Yes on Prop 2!

The Capital Projects levy funds facility, safety, and technology needs not funded by the state. It is a replacement to an expiring levy that will maintain the same tax rate.

Examples of things this important levy funds include:

Facilities:  Building improvements such as code compliance and health and safety improvements, such as upgrading fire alarm systems, expanding lockdown hardware, and security systems; upgrades to heating, ventilation, water, roofing, and door locks; learning space improvements; site improvements, including athletic and playfield upgrades; and improving access for people with disabilities.

Technology:  Computers, district network, cloud storage, voice/phone systems, classroom technology, security cameras, printers, instructional software, staff training, and district software and systems.

With your support and due to good fiscal planning, LWSD can provide these needed services without increasing your local tax rate.

Please join hundreds of your neighbors, elected officials, community leaders and organizations in voting Yes for the LWSD Capital Projects Levy – Prop 2! To learn more, please visit www.vote4lwsdkids.org.

Proposition 2 provides $36,000,000 annually for two competing needs: Technology and Capital Facilities Improvements.  Although the District states that 35% is for Facilities and 65% is for Technology, Resolution #2245 authorizing this levy is vague and does not contain a mandate for how the money will be apportioned.  Too much goes to Facilities. Too little is spent on Technology.

District Administration uses its discretion on how it spends levy money without conferring with the School Board or getting approval.  Millions of dollars have been spent adding portables.  Improvements such as fencing at stadiums, electronic reader boards, and audio-visual equipment are purchased and installed with little notice or feedback from parents, teachers or school administrators. 

Funds generated by this levy are not being adequately dedicated to Technology for our students. Computer technology is chronically outdated and poorly functioning. Wifi and networks in schools are slow and inadequate. Parent and student access programs are slow and unwieldy.  Grading, student assignment and coursework, and communications software programs are primitive. District technology staff members are doing their best, but it appears that not enough money from this levy is directed at Technology.

Vote No. Tell the District to run a levy specifically for Technology.

Here are the clear and simple facts:

The Capital Projects levy funds facility, education, safety and security, athletic, disability access, and technology needs not funded by the state.

It is a replacement of an expiring levy that will maintain the same tax rate.

With your support, LWSD can provide these needed services without increasing your local tax rate.

Support our Kids, Schools and Community by voting Yes on Prop 2!

Submitted by: Amy Walen, John Marchione, Bob Keller www.vote4lwsdkids.org

Ask students, teachers, parents and anyone who depends on the Lake Washington School District's computers how they feel about the state of the district's technology.  Few will say that they are happy and most will agree that it needs improvement.  This levy is supposed to fund technology but our money is being poorly spent.

Vote No on Proposition 2. Send LWSD the message that it needs to prioritize technology over facilities improvements.

Submitted by: Susan Wilkins ParentsForEducation@yahoo.com

Simple majority (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Shannon Parthemer, Communications Director 425-936-1342, sparthemer@lwsd.org

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