2018 Bond and Levies Overview
Thank you, Northshore Community!
The Feb. 13, 2018 special election was certified on Feb. 23 and all three district propositions have passed.
Prop. 1: Renewal Educational Programs and Operations Levy - 61.89% yes votes
Prop 2: Capital Project Bond - 60.78% approval votes
Prop. 3: Renewal Technology Levy - 61.76% yes votesThank you to our amazing staff for the numerous evening presentations, videos and open houses and for the nights, weekends and long hours helping make sure our community understood the importance of these three propositions. Thank you, Team Northshore!**In the months leading up to the February 13 special election, the District informed voters of an inequity that was created by legislature's new funding formula limiting how much a district can collect in voter-approved levies. This formula would force our District to ask for $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value - down from $1.93 that voters had approved in the last election. Northshore asked voters to approve up to $1.82 per $1,000 of assessed property value for Prop 1 in hopes that efforts to convince legislators to create a more equitable solution were successful. The legislature did not agree to a solution. Therefore, the 2019 tax rate for Prop 1 stands at $1.50.
Northshore School District is growing! In fact, Snohomish County is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. New homes bring new students and families who are looking for the excellent education and opportunities provided by Northshore School District.
In the past six years, Northshore School District has grown by 10 percent, or 2,000 new students. At the elementary level, the district is increasing by 300 students each year, which is about half an elementary school’s enrollment. And projections show that growth will continue with the addition of 1,500-1,700 students in the next six years.
Over the past two years, parents, community members and district staff have worked together to develop a long-term plan to address this growth—a plan that makes sense for our community and our children. To support our plan to keep pace with development and enrollment increases, we will ask voters to consider these three measures on the Feb. 13, 2018 ballot.
Proposition 1: Renewal Educational Programs & Operations Levy covers basic education costs and makes up 20 percent of the district budget. The levy ensures continued high-quality academics for all students, and also focuses on learners who need additional resources and interventions, including special education students, and struggling and advanced learners. The levy also funds extra-curricular activities including music, drama, sports and clubs. This levy replaces the current Educational Programs and Operations levy that expires in 2018.
Proposition 2: Capital Projects Bond will add much needed capacity, easing overcrowding district wide, while also addressing equity issues. The bond provides for safety and security updates at all schools; a new K-5 school at a district owned site near Maltby; a new 30-classroom flexible use building on the Skyview Middle/Canyon Creek Elementary campus; and a performing arts building at Inglemoor High School, to support both instruction and production. Ongoing building repairs and additional outdoor instructional and athletics spaces will also be included among the bond projects.
Proposition 3: Renewal Technology Levy will provide technology access to every student in all grades, while teaching them to be safe and responsible digital citizens. This levy will also provide the important supports, including teacher training and parent input, to make this strategy a success. Improved district-to-family communications will also be funded. This levy replaces the current Technology levy that expires in 2018.