Voters to consider 2 school measures in February | School brief

Nov 06, 2013

The Mukilteo School Board passed resolutions recently that will place two school measures before voters on Feb. 11.

Proposition 1 would renew an educational maintenance and operations levy that would be in effect from 2015 through 2018.

Proposition 2 will seek voter approval for the sale of $119.15 million in bonds that would be used to finance the construction of a new elementary school, an early-learning kindergarten center, and other projects to accommodate growth, improve safety and security, expand technology, modernize facilities and install energy efficiencies.

The levy would replace an existing levy that was approved by voters in 2010 and that will expire at the end of 2014.

It provides about 23 percent of the school district’s total operating revenue and covers the cost of programs and activities that are not funded by the state.

The levy is used to provide competitive salaries for teachers and other staff members and it funds sports and instrumental music programs, student transportation, teacher training, student sports and activities, teaching assistants and services for special-needs students.

The bond measure would authorize the school district to borrow $119.15 million and pay the principal and interest on those bonds with property taxes.

The money from that bond sale would be used to finance the construction of an elementary school on property where the old Lake Stickney Elementary now stands, an early-learning center adjacent to Fairmount Elementary, and other projects in the bond package.

Other projects included in that package are the modernization of the gym and pool building at Olympic View Middle School, the addition of a multipurpose room and kitchen at Discovery Elementary, the construction of a girls’ locker room at Mariner High School, expanded music facilities at Olympic View and Harbour Pointe middle schools, and much more.

Find a complete list at: www.mukilteo.wednet.edu/departments/pr/info/pdfs/bondprojects.pdf.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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