School district's technology levy passes

Vashon Island School District’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy passed last week, with 70 percent of those who cast ballots approving the measure.

Superintendent Michael Soltman, reached after results were announced last Tuesday, said he was pleased that Islanders supported the levy’s renewal.

What’s more, Soltman said he was happy  to learn that of about two dozen school districts in the state that put technology and capital project levies before voters, Vashon’s passed with the greatest majority.

“I was elated by the amount of support that our community gives,” he said.

The renewed levy will collect $3.6 million from property owners over the next four years. About two-thirds of the funds will go toward technology investments and training. About a third will be used for district maintenance projects.

A little more than 3,500 Islanders cast votes in the Feb. 14 special election, a 45 percent return for Vashon voters.

The county forecasted a 38 percent turnout countywide for the special election, though Vashon is known to have higher than average return rates.

About 2,480 Islanders voted yes on the measure, and about 1,060 voted no. It needed a simple 50 percent majority to pass.

The election will be certified on Tuesday.



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