North Thurston Public Schools is asking voters to consider two funding measures to help us reach our strategic plan goals to create thriving schools that foster learning, academic growth, critical thinking, and student success after graduation.
The 2020 bond and levy will:
- ensure students have equal access to quality learning environments, diverse learning opportunities, and academic programming across all our schools
- provide 21st century learning spaces so our students can be competitive in STEM fields.
What’s on the Educational Programs and Operations levy?
This replacement levy is not a new tax, and will continue to:
- Fund Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education so our students are globally competitive;
- Ensure our students are college and career ready at graduation and are well prepared to pursue a skilled trade, community college, university, or military service; and
- Provide additional staffing not funded by the state which is critical to meeting the needs of our students, such as additional teachers, nurses, mental health specialists and school counselors.
What’s on the capital bond?
- Safety and security improvements for students and schools
- Ensure all schools have secure entrances, improve traffic safety around schools and install fencing and lighting to improve safety at schools;
- Funding upgrades for crisis communication systems such as intercoms, fire alarms and emergency responder systems; and
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at every school to ensure safe and equal access for our students, staff, and community members.
- Equity in school facilities and programming across our district
- Major renovation of River Ridge High School and Komachin Middle School to make sure all of our students have healthy, safe, and up-to-date learning environments;
- Specific maintenance improvements at every neighborhood school; and
- Replace the roofs and upgrade the heating/cooling systems at the following schools: Horizons Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, Meadows Elementary
- Community-shared playground and athletic field reinvestments
What do the two measures cost?
The reinvestment in our schools through the bond and levy would not increase the estimated local education tax rate. In fact, the bond and levy rate per thousand of assessed value is lower than what taxpayers have funded in the past.
For the average home value of $300,000, that’s $1,488 a year for both the bond and levy.
If approved on Feb. 11, the levy rate would be $2.50 per $1,000 and the bond rate would be $2.46 per $1,000 for a total combined rate of $4.96/per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Levies are for learning, bonds are for building
School districts rely on voter-approved funding measures to cover costs not funded by the state. All funds approved by North Thurston voters stay in our community for students and schools
Levies support districts and student programs and help pay for many of the day-to-day operational costs of schools. For our district, we renew our levies every four years.
Bonds allow districts to collect money up front for major construction projects, and the debt is paid off over 20 years.