A reminder that ballots are due in the mail by this Tuesday, Feb. 14 for the Edmonds School District Replacement Technology Capital Levy. You can also place your ballot in the 24-hour drop box located outside the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. All ballots must be returned in the drop box by 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday.
The replacement levy, in effect for four years if approved, is in 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.
More information about the levy can be found at the district’s website.