The District is expected to seek renewal of two levies in February 2022. The School Board will decide on placing the levies on the February 2022 ballot later this year. Levies require a simple majority for approval.
Each school district in Washington can access three types of levies:
- Enrichment: 2-4 years (last election was Feb. 2018)
- Capital/Technology: 6 years (last election was Feb. 2016)
- Transportation Vehicle: 6 years (last election was Feb. 2016)
The enrichment levies allow for additional programming and expanded services beyond basic education.
The Capital Projects and Technology (Cap/Tech) levy covers two areas:
- Facility improvements and updates that are beyond a general repair or regular maintenance but fall short of bond-level funding needs.
• Instructional technology and related staffing, professional development and technology infrastructure.
Transportation Vehicle levies are only for the purchase of buses.
What can be locally funded under Enrichment Levies?
- Programs, activities and staffing beyond the basic state apportionment that are funded through local efforts, which includes the levy, the Foundation, PTAs and other grants, donations and contributions;
- Courses beyond state minimum graduation requirements;
- Additional staffing and program components to fund class - size reduction;
- funding for components beyond state funding, including visual arts and music;
- professional development for teachers and staff;
- extracurricular activities, including athletics;
- extended school day/year;
- early learning program;
- program administration and extracurricular stipends.
What has MISD accomplished with local funds?
- Class-size reduction across all grades;
- 7-period-day at HS and expanded electives;
- 37% of special education funding comes from the local levy;
- Ongoing professional development;
- Instructional coaches at all levels;
- Classified staff support that is almost twice what is funded by the state;
- Stipends for staff to offer additional opportunities for student clubs, activities, and supporting athletics;
- Elementary staffing to support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for students;
- Staff to support students in the online learning program;
- Smaller class sizes for “focus” sections for struggling students.