Time to Vote for the School Bond and Levy

Last April voters rejected a school bond to replace buildings and buy new land for a 4th elementary school. There’s a new, scaled-back bond and levy on the ballot.

Mercer Island schools are overcrowded and some of the facilities are outdated. One of this community’s strongest values is education and voting for the bond and levy is a good way to show that. If the need itself doesn’t convince you, consider that federal funds don’t come close to paying for education.

And if you really don’t care about education at all, just vote for your home value. There’s a strong correlation between quality of public schools and home prices. The data shows correlation, not causality, but maybe we shouldn’t test that.

WHAT WOULD THE BOND PAY FOR?

First, a new elementary school to ease overcrowding in the three existing schools. There would be 14 new classrooms and new common space at the middle school. And the high school would get 10 new classrooms and science labs. Here are the proposed classrooms and labs at MIHS:

MIHS-new-classrooms

WHAT WOULD THE LEVY PAY FOR?

General maintenance and 26% of the operating budget of the schools.

WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

The Fox says get out and vote, already! I mean mail your ballots so that they are postmarked by Feb. 11.

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