Sumner School District levies earn strong approval

THE HERALDFebruary 13, 2014 

Sumner School District's two levies on the Feb. 11 ballot as of Thursday, Feb. 13, were both exceeding a 60 percent approval rating.

The two measures are a $20 million renewal of the the district's four-year maintenance and operations levy and a $2.5 million technology capital levy.

The maintenance and operations levy provides funding for 20 percent of the district's budget.

Without approval of the maintenance and operations levy, basic necessities like teachers and paraeducators in the classroom; student transportation; building maintenance; textbooks, classroom supplies and library materials, would need to be cut.

"We're able to carry on with maintenance and operations without having to worry about what to cut," said Sara Johnson, the district superintendent.

Johnson is equally excited for the approval of the technology capital levy, which will help the district put a computer in the hands of every student by 2017.

Already thanks to a pilot program, Chromebooks were provided to every third- and fourth-grade student in the district this past year.

"We have the Chromebooks already," Johnson said. "We want to make sure that kids don't have a gap (in technology). I'm really grateful and I'm also happy. There is a certain amount of relief and excitement. This will bring changes to our classroom."

Johnson said kids in the district didn't think for a minute that the technology wouldn't pass. We didn't want to let them down, Johnson said.

Johnson said prior to the Feb. 11 special election the district staff and school board worked hard to educate and inform people.

"I knew that we really had to educate," Johnson said. "But I got the sense that people were really supportive."

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