Voters are giving the go-ahead to Eatonville’s four-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy.
The measure, which calls for collecting between $4.5 million and just under $5 million from 2015 to 2018, received a 60 percent yes vote in early returns from voting that ended Tuesday..The levy passes or fails with a simple majority.
At stake for the district was roughly one-quarter of its budget.
Local levy dollars pay for programs and services that state funding doesn’t cover. For Eatonville, that includes:
• Teachers to keep preferred class sizes.
• Instructional assistants who work one-on-one or in small groups with students and supervise playgrounds.
• Bus transportation for students to and from school, including routes where district officials say it’s unsafe to walk.
• Challenging academics for students, such as gifted education and advanced placement.
• Special-education, remediation, and English as a Second Language.
• Books, other learning materials, software and technology used by students in school.
• Training for teachers to keep their skills and knowledge updated, and time for them to prepare classroom lessons.
• Coaching and supervision for extracurricular activities, including music, sports, clubs and drama.
• Maintaining and operating school facilities, including heat and lights for schools.
The replacement levy would provide about 24 percent of the district’s operating budget. The estimated tax rate of $3.87 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would remain the same over the four-year life of the levy. The district anticipates collecting $4.5 million in 2015, $4.6 million in 2016, $4.8 million in 2017 and $4.9 million in 2018.