The Kent School District Board of Directors passed Resolution 1529 and Resolution 1531, calling for a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, to submit to voters two propositions supporting education programs, operations, technology, and capital improvements.

If both propositions are approved, school tax rates will decrease over the next six years, the district said.

Proposition 1: Replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy

The Replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy is a two-year levy providing nearly 20 percent of the District’s overall budget. It funds approximately one in five of all employees and day-to-day operations. This levy provides support for safety and security at our schools, special education services, transportation services, and music, art and athletic programs. The funds received by the EP&O bridge the gap between state funding and community expectations, providing the tools necessary for our students to succeed.

Proposition 2: Technology and Capital Levy

The Technology and Capital Levy is a six-year levy funding both technology and district facility maintenance not covered by the 2016 Bond projects. We are investing in our community’s assets – our schools. This levy will reduce operating costs, modernize instructional spaces and will continue the District’s commitment to 21st century learning through 1:1 computing for all K-12 students, expanding technology resources for student online safety and security, and providing support and upgrades to technology in all classrooms.

“Every child, regardless of background, deserves an opportunity to achieve his or her potential by receiving an excellent education with access to technology in a well-maintained school environment.”

Learn more at and contact (253) 373-7534 or [email protected] with questions.

Remember to vote, February 13, 2018!

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