Stanwood mom urges Lakewood voters to back school levies

As a parent in the Stanwood-Camano School District, I am asking the Lakewood community to support the two upcoming levy measures on the April 23 ballot for Lakewood School District.

The district’s Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy funds teaching and support, special education, athletics and activities, technology and operations, and professional development. The Capital Safety & Improvements Levy funds building maintenance and safety and security measures.

A loss of either of these measures would be devastating, causing Lakewood School District to lose $4.4 million. Just imagine the disastrous effects that would have on your schools and your students.

The EP&O Levy is a replacement levy that won’t increases taxes, and the Capital Improvements Levy’s tax rate is just 87 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2025.

Here in Stanwood, we’re celebrating that our EP&O Levy just passed. As a mom, I was horrified at the thought of huge class sizes, the cancellation of extracurricular activities and sports for my kids, and a potential loss in security staff. What a relief to know that the levy will allow Stanwood Camano School District to fund sports and activities and maintain their staffing. And we want the same success for our neighbors in Lakewood!

By voting yes for the Lakewood School District levies, you aren’t just investing in educational programs, sports, and buildings; you are investing in the success of every child in your district. Please vote yes, and let the students of Lakewood know that you prioritize their futures. Whether you live in Stanwood, Marysville or Arlington, I truly believe all our communities will benefit when we stand together and put students first.

Kim Hildenbrand

Stanwood

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