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Central Kitsap School Support Levy

January 8th, 2010 by Rich Jacobson

I have to confess that I’m slightly biased.central-kitsap-school-support-levy-2010

Okay, I’m more than slightly biased. I’m very biased.

My wife is an elementary teacher in the Central Kitsap School District. All 4 of our kids have attended CK schools and 3 have already graduated from Central Kitsap High School (named 7 times as one of the top high schools in the nation). As a local real estate professional, one of the bigger selling points that attracts new residents to our area is the reputation our district has earned for providing students with a quality education.

On February 9, 2010, Central Kitsap residents will have the opportunity of voting to replace the School Support Levy. The current levy, approved by voters in 2006, is at a rate of $2.16 per thousand of assessed value.  For the first year of the new proposed School Replacement Levy, the rate would increase from $2.16 to approximately $2.49 per thousand of assess value.

central-kitsap-school-levy-helps-support-music-programsWith all the recent decisions being made for us in our nation’s capitol, directing our hard-earned tax-paying dollars towards bailing out Wall Street and underwriting nationalized health-care, it’s nice to know that each of us can have a direct, positive impact by deciding to invest in our community, and the continued level of educational excellence being offered to our children.

I would encourage you to take just a moment and access the Central Kitsap School District website, and view the “Did You Know” page which lists many of the recent accomplishments by CK students and staff.

And please Vote ‘YES’ to replace the Central Kitsap School Support Levy!

For more detailed information, go to Central Kitsap School Support Levy.

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4 Responses to “Central Kitsap School Support Levy”

  1. Colleen Smidt Says:

    Thanks for that Rich.

    Bremerton is also running a replacement levy this year. You can go here….

    http://www.bremertonschools.org/departments/finance/Levy%202010%20Flyer.pdf

    For the hard numbers.

    Please vote YES in Bremerton. As a member of the Citizen Finance Committee for the district I can assure you that I along with my fellow committee members will be working very hard over the next several months on a series of proposed recommendations we will make to the school board later in the spring. As a Citizen Committee we have the most influence over levy dollars. Over 80% of the average school district budget is out of our control and the districts control. The State mandates how, when and where we spend that 80%.

    I know that CK is in the same boat we are when it comes to certain cuts from the State during this soon to be started short legislative session. Bremerton is looking at an additional $2.3 million in cuts on top of the $3.8 million we had to cut this past summer. Failure of the Levy would mean an additional $10 million dollar loss for us over the next 4 years.

    Sitting on the Citizen Committee for the past year has proven to me that the education funding system operated by the State is very broken. Especially the funds that our elected leadership has removed from our control and added hoops, string and legal mandates to.

    Passage of the Levy will help bridge the gap so that the rest of us can continue to work towards true education reform in this state.

  2. Rich Jacobson Says:

    Colleen: Thanks for adding the information on the Bremerton levy, and for your dedicated involvement on the Citizen Finance Committee. I totally empathize with the frustrations our districts face in making ends meet, especially with all the hoops and strings attached by our beloved ‘representatives.’

  3. cynic Says:

    If I could vote for kids without voting for the WTA I would do it. I will vote for any levy in November and against levies presented in any other month

  4. Rich Jacobson Says:

    Cynic: Care to expand on your comment? Why does voting to replace the current levy necessarily constitute a vote for WTA? Why penalize the kids because you have an issue with WTA?

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