Proposition 1 – Replacement educational maintenance and operations levy
Quick look – The levy would collect $11.75 million and $12.75 million per year from 2019 to 2022. It will continue to fund 20 percent of the Mercer Island School District general fund, including 38 percent of special education funding.
Proceeds will fund:
- Transportation (backfilling what the state does not cover)
- Qualified substitute teachers
- 7 period day at HS
- Expanded electives at HS and MS
- FTE to support students in the online learning program at CREST
- Smaller class sizes for “focus” sections for struggling students
- Ongoing professional development opportunities for staff in a myriad of areas
- Stipends for staff to offer additional opportunities for students
- Afterschool clubs and activities at all grade levels including Destination Imagination, student interest clubs such as coding, community service, etc.
- Athletic opportunities beyond what ASB covers
- Enhanced library collections
- Some curriculum materials
- Classified support in classrooms with overloads, additional Special Education/English Language Learning students, as well as student supervision and safety
- Special Education, 38% of Special Education funding comes from local levy
- Elementary K-5 Music, Art, PE and Spanish
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Note: The Mercer Island School District website did not include information about upcoming changes to the state property tax rate to pay for education across the state.
Want to learn more? Mercer Island School District bond/levy information page
About this series: EEN’s School District Ballot Measure Overview provides voters with information about the February 2018 levy/bond ballot measures, compiled from each school district’s website. EEN intern Cami Brix contributed to this series.