Issaquah School levy committee to discuss 2014 in April

February 19, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

The 2014 special election season may be far off most people’s radar screens, but not the Issaquah School District’s.

A plan for the 2014 Levy Development Committee was laid out Feb. 13 during the regular school board meeting. The purpose of the committee, according to its charter, is to advise the superintendent as he prepares a recommendation for the school board to approve levy issues for either the February or April 2014 ballot.

The 48-person committee will be made up of representatives throughout the greater Issaquah community, including principals from each region and grade span, and members of the PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation, local government, and businesses and students. All elementary, middle and comprehensive high schools will have a community representative. Also, several district staff members, including Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele, CFO Jake Kuper and Director of Capital Projects Steve Crawford, will help facilitate the group.

Meeting on nonschool-board-meeting Wednesdays from April through May, the committee’s goal is to come up with proposed content and examine the total cost and tax impact of three ballot measures: a Maintenance and Operations Levy, a Capital Levy for technology and facility repairs, and a Transportation Levy.

According to Kuper, the committee should have all its work wrapped up by the end of May in time for Superintendent Steve Rasmussen to present his recommendation to the board on June 5.

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