Preliminary results show Edmonds School District technology levy passing

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Early returns for the Edmonds School District’s 2012 Replacement Technology/Capital Levy show the measure passing by a 61.92 percent margin. The measure needed 51 percent voter approval to pass.

“Advance thanks to all those who contributed to this result,” the District said on its website Tuesday night. The final validated election results will be confirmed by Snohomish County in approximately two weeks, the district said.

The replacement levy, in effect for four years, is the same amount as the existing technology and capital levy expiring this year. The projected rate per thousand dollars of property value is 44 cents, the same rate currently being collected. The replacement levy would provide an average of $7.85 million per year over the next four years, 2013 through 2016.

The capital portion of the levy would be used for priority roofing projects. In addition, the funds would pay for changes to pedestrian and traffic patterns at some schools to improve safety as students are dropped off and picked up.

Technology funds are needed to replace student and teacher computers, projectors and document presenters as the equipment ages. This funding would also provide professional development and IT support, replace aging office staff computers and pay annual license fees for systems like Skyward and SchoolWires. Finally, the money would be used to modernize servers and upgrade wireless systems.

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