Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy & Replacement Capital Projects Levy
The District is seeking renewal of two levies (Educational Programs and Operations and Capital Projects) in February 2022. The School Board has decided to place the levies on the February 2022 ballot. Levies require a simple majority for approval.
Why is the District Seeking Levies?
Each school district in Washington can access three types of levies:
- Educational Programs and Operations: 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 Educational Programs and Operations levies allow for additional programming and expanded services beyond Basic Education Funding.
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 Educational Programs and Operations 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 done using Educational Programs and Operations Levy funds?
- Class-size reduction across all grades;
- 7-period-day at HS and expanded electives;
- 40% 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.
What has MISD done using Capital Project/Technology Levy funds?
- Creation of more secure entrances in elementaries and MIHS
- Mary Wayte Pool updates
- Turfing athletic fields
- Long range planning
- Classroom updates
- Additional digital curriculum
- Professional development
- Smart boards in classrooms
- Sustaining the 1:1 iPad program