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* Shoreline School District measures on Feb. 9 ballot

The Shoreline School Board has approved three proposals to be placed on the ballot at a special election Feb. 9, 2010.

• A four-year replacement of expiring levy for educational programs, maintenance and operations levy. The levy averages $22 million per year for each of the four years, 2011 through 2014. The maintenance and operations levy, which replaces the four-year levy passed by voters in 2006, would provide the district with about 20 percent of its general operating budget.

• A $150 million bond for the modernization/replacement of Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools. The 2006 bond approved by voters included funds for the planning and design for the two high school projects, but not for the actual construction costs.

• A four-year capital levy for technology improvements and support. This levy would support the District’s instructional technology program and services and technology equipment replacement.

If all three proposals are approved, the estimated new combined levy and bond rate in 2011 would be $5.25 per $1,000 of assessed value, and a stable $5.15 in the years following. Current 2010 rates are $5.29 per $1,000, so this represents no change to the average taxpayer. (See attached Levy/Bond fact sheet)

Proposition 1 – Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations

The district’s current four-year maintenance and operations levy will expire next year. These are the projected levy amounts beginning in 2011:

Year    Amount            Estimated rate per $1,000 of assessed value
2011    $21.5 million     $2.48
2012    $21.75 million    $2.48
2013    $22.2 million      $2.49
2014    $22.65 million    $2.49
The current levy, which is expiring, funds basic education programs, as well as nurses, family advocates, librarians and instructional materials. Funds are also used to support extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics.  The levy helps fund special education, highly capable, remedial and vocational education programs, maintenance, utilities, and transportation.

Proposition 2 – Bonds for Replacement/Modernization of Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools

For more than two years, the Shoreline School District has been planning for modernization/replacement of Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools. The School Board adopted educational goals for the projects. The Shorecrest and Shorewood design teams were made up of faculty, staff and parents from each high school and community representatives from each of the middle schools and elementary schools in the respective sides of the District. Each team held three community meetings to gather input from the public, which the architects used to help create the preferred designs for Shorecrest and Shorewood.

Upon passage, the district would be authorized to sell up to $150 million in bonds. The district would make annual payments on the principal and interest to bond purchasers through proceeds from annual property taxes. The timeline for completion of both Shorecrest and Shorewood is summer 2013.

Proposition 3—Capital Levy for Technology Improvements and Support

Year    Levy Amount    Estimated rate per $1,000 of assessed value
2011     $3 million        $0.35
2012     $3 million        $0.34
2013     $3 million        $0.34
2014     $3 million        $0.33
This levy would provide a funding source for technology in all aspects of the district’s program.  Currently, the general fund is required to support approximately $2 million in expenses annually.  Such expenses include  software, licenses, subscriptions,  technology equipment replacement,  professional development and training for staff, and  infrastructure to support current and emerging information technology.

To validate these levy and bond proposals, 40 percent of those voting in the November 2009 general election must vote. The two levies require a simple majority to pass, the bonds require a 60-percent majority for approval.

Craig Degginger/Shoreline Public Schools