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Levies

We’ll Get Federal Money to Cover our Pandemic Costs, Right?

The federal government has passed three pieces of legislation which will provide funding to schools as they and the children they serve recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 27, 2020: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • December 27, 2020: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
  • March 11, 2021: American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021

The CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Acts provide for Elementary and Secondary School Relief (ESSER) funds. Washington state received a total of $2,894,245,737 in ESSER funds.

90% of this money is required to be awarded to school districts using the federal Title I, Part A funding formula. 10% of this money will be disbursed by the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides additional instructional services and activities. These additional supports help students in meeting the state academic standards and closing the educational opportunity gap. The program serves students in early learning, preschool programs, and kindergarten through high school who have demonstrated the need for additional educational assistance. While a school’s percentage of students participating in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program does determine whether it is a Title I school, students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I, Part A services. In the Northshore School District, Hollywood Hill, Crystal Springs , Woodin, and Kenmore Elementary were Title I schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

So, how much money will the Northshore School District be getting in ESSER funds?

Check out the graphic below to see that when the 90% portion of ESSER money from the three legislative acts is combined the Northshore School District will get $314.36 per student.

How does that compare to other schools districts in Washington State?

Check out the graphic below to see that when the the 90% portion of ESSER money from the three legislative acts is combined the state average will be $2,381.10 per student.

How does that compare to our neighboring schools districts?

Our neighbors to the North, Edmonds and Everett School Districts, will recive $1,505.72 and $1758.85 per student respectively. Our neighbors to the South, Lake Washington School District, will receive $409.43, to the West, Shoreline School district, will receive $1,168,48 and to the East, Riverview School District, will receive $582.60 per student. Looking at all of the school districts in King and Snohomish County there are only three school districts receiving less money per student than Northshore. They are Mercer Island ($263.66), Bainbridge Island ($294.10), and Tahoma ($300.39) School Districts.

It is hoped that when the OSPI distributes the 10% portion of the ESSER monies the Northshore School District will receive additional funding to make up for getting so little of the 90% portion. At the time of this writing the Washington State Legislature is working on budgets and will hopefully be finding monies to support schools and the children they serve recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bonds

What’s in the 2018 Bond for My School(s)?

The details of the 2018 Capital Projects Bond is shown below broken out by high school feeder pattern.

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Bonds

The History of Bonds in the NSD

Thanks to the voters of the Northshore School District community there has been a consistent history of successful capital projects bonds.

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Levies

Thank You Voters—You helped Make Northshore Learns 2.0 Possible!

The following excerpts from the Northshore School District website show what is happening here in Northshore in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closing of our schools.

The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access. Without this 1:1 computing ratio Northshore Learns 2.0 could not be done equitably.

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Levies

Kids Need Food, Even When School is Closed

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Northshore School District (NSD) is allowed to operate a Summer Food Service Program, like they typically do when school is closed for the Summer. All kids, 18 and under, are provided a free lunch and a breakfast item. But this is not a typical school closure, many kids are at home and unable to go to a school site for food. The NSD has gone above and beyond to make sure they are doing what’s best for kids; they are delivering food.

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Levies

Technology Levy Dollars Level the Playing Field

The week of March 2nd, the Northshore School District made the difficult decision to close schools and transition to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, 4,330 computing devices1 and 532 hotspots1 have been distributed to students. The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access; this is what made that distribution financially possible.

With 23,294 students2 in the Northshore School District this means 18.58% of the students have requested a computing device. Here are just a few reasons that number is so high.

  • A student who is socially disadvantaged in some way might use the local library or stay after school for their computing device needs and now those are not options.
  • A student typically has access to a computing device at home but the student’s parent/caregiver is now using that device to work from home.
  • A student typically shares a computer with their sibling(s) and now would best be served having one of their own.
  • A student uses a desktop computer at home, after school, but now needs a portable computing device so they may continue their education at daycare, during the school day.<

All of the students in Northshore have benefitted from this distribution of computing devices; here a few ways.

  • All students have been able to keep up with their learning, it is a 24-7 process, and stay connected to their teachers and specialists.
  • All students have been able to stay connected with each other socially, in and electronic sense, even though they are not able to be physically near each other.
  • All Northshore seniors have been able to continue their college search and application process while also staying in contact with their high school Counselor.
  • All secondary students are able to study for College Board Advanced Placement, PSAT, and SAT exams.

Thank you voters! The distribution of 4,330 computing devices and 532 hotspots to Northshore students during the pandemic, which was made financially possible by the Technology Levy, has leveled the playing field and benefitted all Northshore students.

1. The Northshore School District Communication Department provided this information on 3/27/2020.
2. The February 2020 headcount was published in Dr. Reid’s Thursday Thoughts on 02/14/2020.

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Levies

Thank You Voters—You helped Make Classroom to Cloud Possible!

The following excerpts from the Northshore School District website show what is happening here in Northshore in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closing of our schools.

The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access. Without this 1:1 computing ratio Classroom to Cloud could not be done equitably.

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Bonds Finances Levies

Capital Projects Fund Balance Allocation Report—Dec. 2019

At the Feb 10, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented the Capital Projects Fund Allocation Report for December 2019. The Fund Balance Allocation Report shows individual Capital Projects by major funding source within the Capital Project Fund: 2014 Capital Bond, 2018 Capital Bond, Technology Levy, Impact Fees and Unreserved Funds.

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Bonds Finances

Skyview/Canyon Creek Addition—Project Update

At the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented this monthly project update for the Skyview MS/Canyon Creek Elementary Addition.

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Bonds Finances

CP4 Choice HS Number 5—Project Update

At the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented this monthly project update for the new high school, known as CP4 Choice HS Number 5 or Innovation Lab HS.