Volunteers for Issaquah Schools
Volunteers for Issaquah School (VIS) is a non-profit 501(c)4 citizens committee that works to promote the passage of Issaquah School District Bonds and levies. VIS shares information about ballot measures and increase overall turnout to promote the vital role of quality public education in our community.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE BONDS AND LEVIES TO THE ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT?
Very! Levies fund a variety of enrichment programs, technology infrastructure, including hardware, software and technology, and professional development. Capital (bond) funds provide an excellent learning environment and help ensure that space is adequate for reasonable class sizes.
WHAT ARE SCHOOL LEVIES USED FOR?
Educational Programs and Operations Levies provide a portion of the Issaquah School District’s operating budget. These levy dollars flow directly into the classroom, providing funding for program enhancements and to supplement the state’s basic education allocation.
Transportation levies replace old buses with new more efficient models that align with the state’s safety standards and replacement cycle. Fuel savings & lower maintenance costs mean more dollars go into the classroom.
Technology and Critical Repairs levies provide for all technology infrastructure, including hardware, software and technology.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL BOND USED FOR?
School bonds provide funding for construction -- building new schools, acquiring property, renovating and repairing facilities and systems within buildings. Capital funds provide for excellent learning environments and help ensure that space is adequate for reasonable class sizes. Our 2016 school bond passed with over 70% approval rating. The passage of levies is totally independent from School Bonds.
What is Funded by Levies in the Issaquah School District
Levy dollars flow directly into the classroom, providing funding for program enhancements and supplementing the state’s minimum basic education allocation. The current Issaquah School District levies expire on December 31, 2022. To continue to fund the programs we now have in our schools, the renewal levy will need to be approved by voters sometime in 2022.