Snohomish schools levies pay for what state doesn’t provide

Ballots have been mailed for our Feb. 8 special election. While we as a community continue to navigate the ongoing changes not just locally but nationally it is important that we remember key partners in our community. The Snohomish School District is tasked with the education and safety of our children. Though there may be differences in opinions on specific ways that education happens I believe that everyone in our community supports paying for the staff necessary to support our children and their futures.

On the ballot will be two levies that we as a community previously approved of and voted for that need to be renewed. These levies cover the 16 percent gap in what Washington state pays for and what is actually required to run our district. These two levies fill the funding gap to support our students’ learning and pay for 56 jobs within our school district. As an example, to what that looks like, the state pays for 1.4 nurses for a district our size. Being a parent, I appreciate that the district funds an additional 10.9 nurses. This allows other staff to do their job while the nurse, who is trained in health care, can do theirs.

This levy is no new taxes but continued funds necessary for student success. With the passage of this renewal levy, Snohomish School District will continue to make a real difference in our community. I want to support quality education. Strong schools’ equal strong communities. Vote yes.

Tabitha Baty

Snohomish

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