Northwest NEWS

March 6, 2000

Valley Special

School district optimistic about Riverview levies

   As of Valley View press time, administrators in the Riverview School District are holding their breath in anticipation of the results of this year's levy elections.

   Two of the three levies proposed by the Board this year appear to be passing well within the required margin. School levies must have a 60% super-majority vote in order to pass.

   Although the absentee votes are yet to be counted, the Maintenance & Operations Levy is passing with a 67% approval rate, and the Technology Levy has a 67.54% "yes" vote. However, the Performing Arts Levy is scraping by with 62.5% "yes," barely within the required margins.

   Administrators are glowing with pride at the enthusiastic results pouring in from the community. "The outcome of this election affirms that the communities within the Valley have a high level of regard for Riverview in particular and education as a whole," said Riverview Superintendent Richard Giger.

   Maintenance & Operations is a replacement levy that the district must approve every two years. The amount of money this levy demands remains at $3.6 million in the year 2001 and $3.8 in the year 2002.

   The Technology Levy gives the district an allotment of $1.6 million over the next two years, $530,000 per year. New computers and faster computer systems will be installed, putting technology in the hands of the children.

   A "patchwork quilt" is what Assistant Superintendent Michael Green called the existing performing arts center. With the $210,000 given the district, administrators promise to purchase new lights and sound systems for the local arts center, which is shared by all five schools in the district and by the community of Duvall.

   In the past, the Riverview district has had several discouraging elections because the 60% supermajority wasn't met, due to a poor voter turnout. "I'm very happy that this levy is supported," said Board Director Steve Hallstrom. However, he feels that the voter turnout still could have been greater. "I have high expectations as a board member and had hoped we could do better," Hallstrom said.

   The Riverview School District, which encompasses the cities of Carnation and Duvall, has 2,900 children enrolled in its schools at present.