Thank You, Voters!
The Highline Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy on the February 2018 ballot has passed with results showing more than 58% voting in favor of renewal.
“I am grateful to voters for their support of our students and schools. Local funding for our schools is critical,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “It allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state.”
Local levy funding allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state.
Levy dollars pay for needs not fully funded by the state, such as:
- Additional teachers and support staff
- Educational help for students with special needs
- Outdoor education experiences at Camp Waskowitz, including sixth-grade camp
- Extended learning opportunities for students who need extra help
- Athletic programs
- School nurses (State funding pays for only three school nurses to serve our entire district; we pay for 15 nurses who serve medically fragile students as well as general health and safety needs.)
- Teacher training days
- School security officers
Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy
Our Levy: Less Money, Still Critical
Highline voters were asked to renew an educational programs and operations levy in February 2018 to replace an expiring levy.
There is a gap between what the state funds and the education Highline provides to students. Levy funds make up the difference.
The state education funding plan passed by the legislature is a step in the right direction, but it is a work in progress. The state Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not yet fully covering all basic education costs.
Much of the new state funding comes from shifting some property tax dollars that now go directly to local schools from the state; the state will then redistribute those dollars back to school districts.
The new levy tax rate is estimated at $1.50 per $1,000 assessed home value, compared to the 2017 tax rate of $3.38 per $1,000.