Just before winter break, the district's Levy Development Committee members gathered for the second of five scheduled meetings, continuing their work to review the springboard package for three potential levy measures.
The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, but has been moved to Zoom instead of its originally scheduled location at Issaquah Middle School. Members of the public who would like to watch the meeting live may do so on our YouTube Channel between 5:30 and 8 p.m.
The committee includes more than 40 community members and district staff, and will make recommendations to Superintendent Ron Thiele, who will submit a final package to the School Board for consideration. The Board voted in December to select the April 26 election date for any potential levy measures.
Each of the possible measures would replace existing levies. They include:
Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), which helps fund many positions and programs throughout the district that are not covered by state or federal dollars. This school year (2021-2022) EP&O funds represent 15.6 percent, or $51.9 million of the district's operating revenue. The draft presented to the committee would be a four-year replacement measure, and would be used for programs such as extracurricular activities, additional course offerings, early learning programs, Special Education, mental health services, behavior intervention and more.
Transportation Levy: A single-year measure to purchase 64 replacement buses for vehicles that are being retired from the fleet.
Capital Levy: A four-year replacement measure for technology, critical repairs and construction shortfall due to inflation, pandemic-related costs and other factors.
At their first meeting on Dec. 2
, the committee members listened to presentations about the EP&O levy and the Transportation Levy, and asked questions. At their Dec. 14 meeting, the committee heard about the proposed Capital Levy and asked questions. The Jan. 6 meeting agenda is available on our website
We will continue to share details about the proposed levy measures as the committee continues its work.