Nov 292017
 

Issaquah School Board Approves Two Year Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy, One Year Transportation Replacement Levy, and Four Year Critical Repair/Technology Replacement Levy

Issaquah, WA— The Issaquah School Board approved a two-year Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to be placed on the February 2018 ballot at a special public meeting held Monday, November 27. If approved by voters, the EP&O levy would authorize the District to collect $81.2 million over a two-year period, replacing the levy that expires on December 31, 2018.

By approving the two-year EP&O levy, the board rescinded their original October 11, 2017 resolution for a four-year EP&O levy. No changes were made to the $69.5M four-year Critical Repair and Technology and one-year $2M Transportation replacement levies that were approved on October 11, 2017.

The Board’s decision to place a two-year EP&O levy on the ballot was the result of many weeks, days, and hours of thoughtful deliberation by the Board and engagement with the community and local legislators. At issue for many districts, including ISD, has been understanding the impact of the new state school funding model enacted by the legislature in June 2017—one of the most significant shifts in education funding in Washington State’s history.

“The two year option gives us time to truly evaluate how the new state funding will impact the Issaquah School District, and remain fiscally responsible and responsive to the tax burdens on our residents,” said ISD Board President Lisa Callan. “We are extremely fortunate to have such an engaged community bringing their voice to these important decisions, valuing a great education and fiscal responsibility. With their input, we believe we struck the right balance with this levy proposition. It is very exciting to provide new programs and supports our students need and our community wants and expects, and to be able to lower our local levy tax burden in light of the state’s increase. As we transition to the new state funding model, we appreciate the tough work the legislators are doing to reduce inequities in education funding and the support of our taxpayers who make every child’s future brighter in the Issaquah School District.”

More information about all three replacement levies is available on the Issaquah School District Website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/levy-issues-february-2018. Send questions about the levy by email to Levy2018@issaquah.wednet.edu or call Chief of Finance and Operations, Jake Kuper at 425.837.7024.

https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/news-details/2017/11/29/issaquah-school-board-approves-two-year-educational-programs-and-operations-replacement-levy-one-year-transportation-replacement-levy-and-four-year-critical-repair-technology-replacement-levy
Nov 132017
 

Issaquah School Board Special Meeting to be Held November 27

            The Issaquah School Board has directed District staff to develop a two-year Educational Programs and Operations levy proposition for consideration and possible action by the Board at a special meeting to be held on Monday, November 27. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the ISD Administration Center located at 565 NW Holly Street in Issaquah.

The Board had previously, on October 11, approved three renewal levy measures to be put before voters on the February 2018 ballot, including a four-year Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy, a four-year Critical Repair and Technology levy and a one-year Transportation levy.  Since taking that action, the Board and District staff have continued to engage the community and our local legislators in conversations seeking clarity on the impact of the new state funding model enacted by the Washington State Legislature in June 2017—one of the most significant shifts in education funding in our State’s history.

The Board directed staff to develop a two-year EP&O levy after many hours of thoughtful deliberation and public input at the November 8 school board meeting. The Board expressed its desire to align the amount of levy dollars the District asks for with the values of our community and its expectations for high-quality schools and publicly recognized the District’s long history of keeping tax rates stable and track record of fiscal responsibility. The District will post information announcing the special meeting and the Board’s pending decision on its website at www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/news-details/2017/11/13/issaquah-school-board-to-revisit-educational-programs-and-operations-renewal-levy-ballot-proposition—special-meeting-to-be-held-november-27
Nov 072017
 

ISD School Board meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 7:00pm  565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027

7:15 PM     Public Input on items not already scheduled for discussion on the agenda.       Public Input.pdf
7:45PM Resolutions 1107, 1108, and 1109 regarding the Sale of the Volpe Properties – Board

The Board will consider three resolutions with regard to the purchase of property.

 7:55 PM Resolution 1106 – 2018 Revised Educational and Operations Levy Ballot Measure – Thiele/Kuper

The Administration will be bringing forward a new recommendation for a Revised Education and Operations Levy Ballot Measure with possible action after Board discussion.

Action to be taken: Potential Motion

1) I move the Board adopt Resolution 1106 (which supersedes/replaces Resolution 1102) and, authorizes a replacement levy for education. This replacement levy funds district education programs and school operations, and authorizes the following excess levies to replace an expiring levy on all taxable property within the District:

Collection Years       Approximate Levy Rate     Levy Amount
2019                        $1.13  /$1,000 AV              $ 35,500,000
2020                       $1.51  /$1,000 AV              $ 50,000,000
2021                        $1.55  /$1,000 AV             $ 54,000,000
2022                       $1.58  /$1,000 AV             $ 58,000,000

The administration will present the resolution developed by legal counsel to authorize the revised levy measure which may be presented to the voters in February, 2018.

ISD School Board website: https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board

Oct 132017
 

The Issaquah School Board took action on three levy measures at the Wednesday, October 11, 2017 school board meeting. The board approved a four-year Educational Programs and Operations levy, a four-year Capital levy, and a one-year Transportation Levy. Like a subscription, voters must approve to renew school levies. The renewal of these levies is critical to allow the District to continue providing a high quality education and meet operational needs. All of the measures on the ballot will be renewals to levies that were approved in 2014 that will have expired by 2018.

State legislation passed in June 2017 increased the amount of state school taxes, but reduced our local levy authority. This legislation was enacted in an attempt to meet the order from the Supreme Court to fully fund basic education. For this reason, the District’s replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy is less than it was four years ago and represents a tax reduction at the local level.

In 2019, the new state funding model will provide new revenue to the Issaquah School District equal to approximately 3 to 3.5% of our annual budget. However, the state’s ability to pay for its solution beyond 2019 comes with uncertainty and leaves many questions with regard to future funding amounts. Also in question, is the ability of the District to make local decisions about how to direct those funds to meet our students’ needs. The District has put forth levy resolutions that meet our goal of maintaining the high level of service our community expects. The resolutions also require the school board to annually review available funding levels. Should more state money become available, this annual review allows the school board to not collect the full local levy amount authorized and further lower local school taxes.

Your tax bill is a combination of local school, state, and municipal property taxes including transit, emergency services, hospitals, and more. It is also important to remember that property tax bills increase as home and property values go up. The Issaquah School District and the Issaquah School Board do take all of this into consideration. While the State’s portion of your school taxes are increasing, we are reducing the local portion of school taxes for residents of our District. Still, we recognize this will result in an overall increase in property taxes. We believe that the amount of levy dollars we are asking for is aligned with the values of our community and their expectations for a high quality education and excellent schools.

Issaquah School Board Votes to Place Three Levy Measures on February 2018 Ballot

Mar 152017
 

Every four years, the Issaquah School District asks local voters to approve levies to pay for educational essentials that the state does not fund, including school buses, classroom technology, and about 20 percent of the operations budget.

Because our current levies expire next year, the District is forming a community committee now to help plan the renewal levy measures. If you are interested in representing the community at large on the committee, or as a member of your local school, please contact Lisa White at whitel@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-837-7024 for an application, or pick one up at your local school building by April 7th.

Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost, and tax impacts of the ballot measures and present a final recommendation to the Superintendent.

Please be aware that the Levy Development Committee is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 and May 17, with the possibility of additional meetings on Wednesday, May 31 and June 7, if necessary. Committee members should plan to attend each meeting.

If you know someone who would make a particularly good committee member, please extend a personal invitation.

We appreciate your support as we head into this important committee work!

Levy Committee Application2017