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ELECTION: Video pitches district's case for remodeling Federal Way High School
Mirror staff reports:
The Federal Way School District released a video to promote the Feb. 14 capital levy ballot measure to rebuild Federal Way High School.
The video contains interviews with administrators, staff, students and public officials about the high school's structural shortcomings and why they feel the high school needs to be remodeled. Click here to watch it.
For an opposing argument to the levy, visit the Citizens For Better Federal Way Schools website.
Federal Way special election details
The Feb. 14 election will ask voters to decide on two levy proposals by the Federal Way School District (details below). This is an all-mail election. A drop-off box for ballots is located on 33325 8th Ave. S. near City Hall (no postage required). Ballots can also be returned via standard mail with a first-class stamp. Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 14, or submitted to a dropbox by 8 p.m. Feb. 14.
To learn more, visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections or call (206) 296-8683.
About the levies
The district seeks approval for an Educational Programs and Operations (EPO) levy as well as a capital levy.
The EPO levy will continue what Federal Way taxpayers are already paying for the general operations of their schools. The school district seeks a $53 million levy per year for two years. The current levy, which was approved three years ago, expires in 2012. About 80 percent of this levy money goes to basic education. The levy represents 25 percent of the district's overall budget.
If approved by voters in February, a six-year $60 million capital levy will help rebuild the aging Federal Way High School. Some of the money will be earmarked to help build play structures and play areas at 19 of the district’s elementary schools. Total cost of the project is estimated at $110 million; the school district reports it already has $50 million to go toward the project.
The Feb. 14 special election for both levy proposals will cost the school district about $200,000, according to the district. The special election is necessary because teachers must be notified by May 15 if they will have a contract for the next school year, and teachers’ salaries are wrapped up in the EPO levy, according to the district.
If Federal Way voters reject either levy, the district can present the proposals to voters on one more ballot in 2012, likely in April. Both proposals need a simple majority (50 percent plus one) to pass.