May 4, 1998

Front Page

Snoqualmie, two Monroe levies pass

     by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor

   The Snoqualmie Valley School District's $21.6 million maintenance and operations levy passed by a considerable margin last week, easing fears by district officials of staff cuts and the loss of some of their crucial programs. By late last week, "yes" votes were running about 70 percent. "It's looking good for us," said Superintendent Rich McCullough. "It's a four-year levy, and it's important with growth the way it is. We may be able to make some improvements and have the prospects of increasing slightly the number of elementary teachers and counselors."
   McCullough said small class sizes for the K-2nd graders are critical. "We want a maximum class size for K-2 of 22 1/2 students throughout the district," he said. "With the levy we will be able to maintain that." McCullough said the voter turnout was substantially higher than any of the other school districts.
   In Monroe, a $9.9 million maintenance and operations levy passed with a vote of 63.5 percent in favor and a $500,000 transportation levy garnered 62.3 percent favorable votes. As of last Friday, a $3.8 million technology levy, at 59.5 percent, was just short of the 60 percent required to pass. "There are still 400 ballots left to be counted, and we expect those results May 7," said Monroe School District Spokesperson Rosemary O'Neil.