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Highline School District No. 401

Proposition No. 1

Capital Levy for Educational Technology Improvements

 

The Board of Directors of Highline School District No. 401 adopted Resolution No. 07-20, concerning a proposition to fund technology for students and educators. To ensure all students have equal access to technology to prepare for 21st century careers, this proposition authorizes the District to replace aging computers, provide training and support, upgrade classrooms, ensure all students have internet access and update cybersecurity by levying the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District:

 

Collection Year

Estimated Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed Value

Levy Amount

2021

$0.67

$15,932,000

2022

$0.67

$16,567,000

 

all as provided in Resolution No. 07-20. Should this proposition be approved?

 

Yes

No


Passage of Proposition No. 1 would help Highline Public Schools pay costs of making District-wide educational technology improvements to ensure all students have equal access to technology to prepare for today’s careers.  These improvements include, but are not limited to: (1) acquiring, installing and modernizing educational technology equipment, infrastructure and systems throughout existing school facilities; (2) replacing and upgrading aging computers, hardware, software and telecommunication systems; (3) providing related student, teacher and staff training and support to implement such technology improvements; (4) upgrading classrooms with interactive technology; (5) providing technology to ensure all students have internet access; (6) updating cybersecurity systems; and (7) making other improvements and upgrades to the District’s technology systems, infrastructure and facilities. Further information is available on the District’s website at https://www.highlineschools.org.

The School Board determined that these technology improvements are necessary due to the existing condition of the District’s technology equipment, infrastructure and systems, the need to support classroom instruction and learning at home during the pandemic and beyond, and the need to ensure all students have equal access to technology to prepare for today’s careers.

The proposed two-year capital levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide $15,932,000 in 2021 and $16,567,000 in 2022.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $0.67 per $1,000 of assessed value.  Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments 206.296.3920.
 

Technology opens doors for students—to today’s learning and tomorrow’s careers. All Highline students deserve access to technology for education. When the pandemic hit, the gap in access to equitable education widened. This levy helps close that gap. 

Your “Yes” vote will: ensure that all students have digital devices and internet access for learning at school and at home; replace aging computers for students and teachers; update cybersecurity to protect confidential student and district data; help students achieve digital and media literacy; provide training to help teachers personalize student learning using digital tools; and fund classroom technology that helps teachers to deliver instruction at school or during distance learning.

This levy will not increase your tax rate, thanks to expiring school bonds and levies. If approved, tax rates will decrease by 12 cents per $1000 assessed property value in 2021. 

As a community, we cannot allow our children to be left behind because of family income or access to resources. Ensure students and staff have the technology and support they need during the pandemic and beyond. Our whole community benefits when schools are strong. Vote Yes on Proposition 1.

Danny House, Tina Orwall, Lina Thompson, yesforhighline.org

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

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

For questions about this measure, contact: Kate Davis, Chief Financial Officer,
(206) 631-3079, Kate.Davis@HighlineSchools.org

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