Bond & Levies

Thank you Northshore!

All three propositions on the February 13, 2018 ballot were approved by voters! Thank 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.

 

Propositions

1 - Renewal Educational Programs and Operations Levy

Renewal Educational Programs & Operations Levy covers basic education costs and makes up 20 percent of the district budget. Proposition 1 was approved with 61.89% yes votes.

2 - Capital Projects Bond

Capital Projects Bond will add much needed capacity, easing overcrowding district wide, while also addressing equity issues. Proposition 2 was approved with 60.78% approval votes.

3 - Renewal Technology Levy

Renewal Technology Levy will provide technology access to every student in all grades, while teaching them to be safe and responsible digital citizens. Proposition 3 was approved with 61.76% yes votes.

 

News & Updates

Interior of ES 21 construction

Elementary #21 construction continues to make strides! The fence posts for the athletic field were installed in July and the asphalt treated base for the bus loop will be finished by Aug. 2. Horizontal drilling commenced, which will connect water pipes to the school. This method is being used because of the proximity to the neighboring residential community. 

New covered play area at Skyview

Construction crews have been hard at work at the Skyview/Canyon Creek project during July! Demolition of walls between the new additions and existing buildings is finished. Work has started on the footings and foundation for the Canyon Creek gym expansion, which will add about 700 square feet to the existing space. Framing for the covered play area at Skyview is complete.

Elementary 21 exterior masonry

Excitement continues to build at Elementary #21, which launched its name search last week! Also in June, insulation was installed throughout the building and drywalling continued. Interior finishes and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) rough ins are in progress, as is exterior masonry work and window installations.

 

Background

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.

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.

Questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the bond or levies, please email bondlevy@nsd.org or call 425-408-7627.