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Levies

2022 LEVIES

Measure 1
Educational Programs
& Operations (EP & O)
Levy

  • General Info: Approximately $1.40 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for four years, in place of an expiring levy; up to $62.5 (2023), $64.9 (2024), $67.5 (2025), and $70.2 (2026) million total.
  • Funding for Special Education: 30% of the levy dollars will go to providing special education services.
  • School Nurses: Levy dollars partially fund a full-time School Nurse at every NSD school.
  • Social Workers and School Psychologists: Levy dollars partially fund mental health professionals in NSD schools.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Historically each school PTA/PTSA has been responsible for funding a container, emergency supplies for their school to use in case of a disaster, and the labor to manage this. Levy dollars are now being used to fund this.
  • School Safety: Levy dollars partially fund a full-time Campus Supervisor at every NSD high school.

Measure 3
Technology Levy

  • General Info: $20 million per year for four years, in place of an expiring levy; approximately $0.45 (2023), $0.43 (2024), $0.42 (2025), $0.40 (2026), per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
  • 1:1 device to student ratio: In December 2019 the NSD purchased 6,500 new Chromebooks, using Technology Levy dollars, which brought all NSD schools to a 1:1 device to student ratio.
  • School to Home (S2H): School to Home (S2H) is a program where every K-1 student will be assigned a device which remains in their classroom and every grade 2-12 student will be assigned a device which may go home each night.
  • Support: A large portion of these levy dollars will fund professional development and the Tech Support Team for students, teachers, and staff. The Family Tech Support services started in 2020 will also be continued.
  • Adaptive technology: As dictated by a student’s curriculum and needs, adaptive technology will be funded by the Technology Levy to provide differentiation and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) support. Professional development and staff support for the adaptive technology will also be funded.
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Bonds

2022 Capital Bond

  • General Info: $425 million; bond payments will be structured to provide a level tax rate with a maximum term of 21 years.
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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).

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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.