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Letters to the Editor - 2/5/18

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NSD MEASURES
 
Remember to vote February 13, 2018. Northshore School District is presenting three funding measures.
 
You may have seen flyers or the recent Woodinville Weekly article about the upcoming Northshore School District Bond measures… what is missing from the article and flyers are the dollars – the cost - for each bond measure, so here are the numbers:
 
Prop 1 …. $234 million Renewal of Educational Programs & Operations Levy
Prop 2 .… $275 million * Capital Projects Bond
Prop 3 …. $62 million Renewal of Technology Levy
 
The three bonds total $571 million – and we will be taxed accordingly.
 
A couple of details about the Capital Projects Bond:
 
1. Approximately $140 million of the proposed Capital Projects Bond is for constructing the Maltby K-8 school.
 
2. Upgrades to Skyview and Canyon Creek schools total approximately $40 million.
 
Here’s something else:
 
Previous Capital Projects Bonds - all passed
2006…. $123 million 2010…. $149 million 2014…. $177 million
 
If the 2018 bonds are passed that means from 2006 through 2018 Northshore will have had Capital Projects totaling $724 million.
 
A Perspective: I've asked people living in this area and according to their last Snohomish County property tax statements, 37% of our property tax goes to Northshore School District.
 
Bill Stankus, Woodinville
 
36 years ago, I moved to Woodinville so my children could attend Northshore schools.    All three of my children are now successfully employed and making their own contributions to society.  
 
I’ve been teaching at Woodin Elementary for 17 years.   I can tell you that our community’s continued financial support for our schools is essential for our students.    I’m asking you to vote YES on Northshore’s renewal funding measures.
 
THE THREE RENEWAL MEASURES REDUCE OUR LOCAL TAX RATES.
 
The three renewal funding measures reduce the rates of our local property taxes from $4.01 to $3.89 per thousand dollars of property value.
 
WHY ARE THESE MEASURES IS ESSENTIAL?
 
First, local levy dollars pay for over 20% of Northshore’s budget!   This includes smaller class sizes, special education, help for our neediest students and opportunities for our most advanced, school nurses at every school, sports, clubs, professional development for staff, and much more.     
 
Second, every school district, including Northshore, must rely on local bonds (or levies) for school construction and renovation.    Thousands of additional kids have entered our Northshore schools in the past couple of years--enough to fill several new schools—but there is no room for them.  They are stuck in portables.  Our Renewal Capital Projects Bond will build a new school and additional classrooms.  It will purchase improved security enhancements.
 
THE STATE’S NEW FUNDING FORMULA DOES NOT FULLY FUND OUR SCHOOLS.
 
The Court has ordered the Legislature to add $1 billion for next year alone, and they haven’t done that yet.   However, they keep increasing unfunded requirements like the 24 high school credits to graduate. 
 
State funding is only about meeting minimum requirements.   This is not enough for our children to succeed in the global marketplace.
 
Northshore has always provided more than the minimal standard of education for our youth, and with your continued support, we’ll continue to do so.
 
Please vote YES on all three measures!   Ballots must be mailed or dropped off by Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
 
Patricia Trovato
Woodinville

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