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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.