To continue excellent education, please vote yes for school levies

Newcastle News – 02/06/2014

On behalf of the Issaquah School Board, I want to extend our great appreciation for the community’s ongoing support for our schools. Our goal is to prepare students for a global, dynamic world.

In today’s economy, a basic education isn’t sufficient for the every-increasing complexity our students will find in the workforce. They will need to be able to communicate and exhibit higher-level thinking, utilizing ever-advancing technologies. The board understands the success of our students requires a commitment from the entire community. So, when you find your ballot in the mail, we ask that you vote “yes” to renew the three levies approved by the board.

Over the years, the district has built an important relationship with the community. One way has been to involve the community in the development of financial packages recommended to the board. So, last April, the district convened a Levy Development Committee consisting of community members throughout the district, including representatives from businesses, the senior community, local government and students.

According to the 2014 Levy Development Committee Charter, the committee’s goal was to “keep local school taxes stable, ensure the Issaquah School District has all the resources possible to meet its mission and ends student learning goals, and to safely and efficiently maintain facilities and property.”

The members worked diligently throughout the spring and their hard work was essential to ensure the community’s values were represented in the final recommendation brought to the board. The board is confident that the three ballot measures reflect the expectations the community has of our outstanding education system in the Issaquah School District.

Please join me in voting “yes” on the Maintenance and Operations levy, the Transportation Levy and the Capital Levy. Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Marnie Maraldo, president

Issaquah School Board