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Issaquah Press – 01/21/2014

Vote yes for high-quality, award-winning schools

Happy New Year! As an elementary school principal in the Issaquah downtown area I have the amazing opportunity to work and live in the center of our city daily. I love Issaquah!

The families, the businesses, and the amazing art and sport communities make Issaquah a quality place to raise a family or own a home. Another main attraction for people to move and thrive in Issaquah is our award-winning schools.

Our district is extremely responsible with the management of the funds it receives and it is vital for our continued success that we all vote “yes” on Feb. 11 for our replacement levy. These funds are necessary for regular operation of our school, such as salaries, lights, copying and buses. Many are surprised that the state does not fund these items fully — but unfortunately voters still need to support the basic needs of our schools in part.

Here is what a “yes” vote will maintain for the Issaquah district:

  • Four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy in the following amounts: $44.5 million in 2015, $48 million in 2016, $51.5 million in 2017 and $54 million in 2018.
  • -One-year Transportation Levy in the amount of $1.7 million in 2015.
  • -Four-year Critical Repairs/Technology levy in the following amounts: $11.4 million in 2015, $12.05 million in 2016, $13.59 million in 2017 and $14.89 million in 2018.

Our district and city are one of the best in the state! We need this vote to maintain this level of quality. It is so reassuring to work for a city that values its schools, and a district that is responsible and collaborative with the city. Thanks in advance to all the voters of Issaquah — we appreciate you!

For me, it’s an easy choice and decision. Please vote yes for the upcoming Issaquah School District levies.

Diane Holt, principal

Issaquah Valley Elementary School

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