1. What is a levy? It is a local property tax collected to help finance the education programs and operations of public schools. Because state and federal taxes don’t fully cover those costs in Washington, districts ask their local communities to help support their schools’ basic needs by approving local levies and bonds.                                                                                                                 
    2. How does Mercer Island’s funding compare to other public school districts in Washington? Our revenue per student from all sources ranks 152nd out of 295 districts in our state.                                                                                                                                  
    3. Who made the recommendations for these propositions? The Mercer Island school board deliberated on these recommendations in consultation with the district’s technology team and maintenance/operations team. The board began its review on August 18, 2015, and approved the resolutions on September 24. It held a public study session with taxpayers to discuss and share the plans on October 22.                                                                                                                                                                     
    4. How are the 1:1 iPad tablets being used in the classroom? Tablets are used a variety of ways including but not limited to: formative assessment, audio and video recording, multimedia projects, electronic text access, research, note taking, presentations, and word processing.                                                                                                                                                                                 
    5. What are the goals of the 1:1 program? The primary goals are to improve student learning and to personalize and differentiate the student’s experience. Additionally, the intent is to provide teachers and students with a consistent platform to use inside and outside the classroom. This program means a device is in the hands of students daily with all the same applications that teachers can count on for their technology integration.                                                                                                                                          
    6. Why will buses be replaced with propane-fueled vehicles? Propane fuel is more eco-friendly and less expensive for the district. The City of Mercer Island is partnering with us on this plan and we will share a fueling station with the City.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    7. Who do I contact with questions? Please contact Tyrell Bergstrom, the district’s executive director of finance at (206) 236-3295 or Tyrell.Bergstrom@mercerislandschools.org