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  • High Quality Instruction and Learning for Every Child, Every Day in Every Classroom Jan. 2016

    Citizens in the Renton School District will vote on two separate but equally-important funding measures to support student learning on February 9, 2016. It is estimated that, with approval of the two-item package, homeowners will pay the same amount of tax in 2017 and beyond as they pay in 2016.

    Measure 1: Replacement Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations Levy provides more than 26 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms, for student learning, teacher training and other district operations each year. The levy will renew the districts current four-year levy, which expires in 2016. Voter approval is required for this funding, which contributes to classroom materials, textbooks, teachers, support staff, building maintenance, school bus transportation, school lunches, athletics and more. This is not a new tax: It replaces a measure that expires in 2016

    Measure 2: Building for a Lifetime of Learning Capital Levy to Construct and Renovate School Facilities will allow building a much-needed new elementary school to accommodate the continued growth at all elementary schools throughout the district. The new school will be built at the site of Sartori Education Center, 315 Garden Ave, North, Renton. The capital levy measure will also finance improvements and renovations to many existing schools throughout the district including: roofs, floors and boiler replacements; improvements in windows and classroom climate controls; playground and parking lot repairs, and much more. The levy also includes funding for the district's comprehensive Technology Plan to continue to maintain and update technology tools and software used by students, teachers and support staff in every classroom and school. The technology supported by this measure supports and strengthens student achievement, and works to operate a large technology-dependent system efficiently.

    Tax rate will not increase!See the back page for more information.

    Two important school funding measures for students, teachersand local education on Feb. 9 ballot (ballots in homes now)

  • In Washington State, local citizens have an opportunity to help provide a large portion of school funding for every student in every classroom in schools in their community. This local funding amounts to more than one quarter of every dollar spent in schools across the district to support student learning and high-quality teaching.

    School districts in Washington State are funded by three main sources:

    Local levy funding, which makes up more than 26 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms and around the district, is only provided if local

    voters approve the funding. The levy funding expires every 3-4 years and must be re-approved by voters. (This is not a new tax: it replaces one that expires in 2016.)

    State funding, which makes up the largest portion of school funding, comes to us based on the number of students attending our schools.

    Federal funding, which is less than 9% of the districts budget, comes to us for specific student programs.

    The funding provides additional teachers to keep class size low; more arts and music programs;

    sports and athletics; school bus transportation; building maintenance and more.

    Renewal of this funding must happen every 3-4 years by voter-approval.

    This Replacement Levy provides 26 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms, for student learning, teachers and support staff, school building maintenance and other operational costs each year. The Replacement Levy renews the districts current four-year levy,

    which expires in 2016. Voter

    approval is required to maintain

    this source of funding, which

    contributes to:

    classroom materials,

    textbooks,

    lower class size,

    teacher salaries,

    school support staff,

    school building maintenance,

    school bus transportation, fuel and maintenance,

    school lunches,

    music, theater and arts,

    athletics and more.

    This is not a new tax: It replaces a measure that expires in 2016

    Why am I being asked to help fund local education?

    Measure 1: replaceMent educational prograMs, Maintenance and operations levy

    Ballots in homes now. Return your ballot before Feb. 9!

  • FUTURE PLANNING New Elementary School at Sartori siteLand Acquisition for Future SchoolsPortable Classrooms

    SCHOOL BUILDING UPGRADESReplace Roofs, Gutters and DownspoutsWindow and Door Replacement/UpgradesExterior Repair and PaintCorridor, Commons and Gymnasium UpgradesCourtyard UpgradesElectrical UpgradesMechanical/ Plumbing Upgrades

    SCHOOL RELATED IMPROVEMENTSSafety & Security ImprovementsParking Lot RepairsTrack and Field UpgradesUpgrade Playground EquipmentUpgrade Readerboards

    ENERGY CONSERVATIONBoiler and Heat Pump UpgradesDomestic Water UpgradesVentilation UpgradesBuilding Controls Upgrades

    TECHNOLOGY IN EVERY SCHOOL & CLASSROOMAdditional classroom laptops and devices to support all studentsModernizing teacher laptopsTeacher & Parent data tools to track student progressProfessional development to integrate technology in teaching and learningAdditional wireless capacity to meet increasing demand

    Total Project Costs: $155,500,000

    The Capital Facilities Levy will allow funding to build a much-needed new elementary school at the site of Sartori Education Center, 315 Garden Ave, North, Renton, to help eliminate much of the congestion at current district elementary schools. The new school will help accommodate the growth at all elementary schools throughout the district. The measure also allows improvements, renovations, and critical maintenance and repair projects at schools across the district. These projects (see list at right) help maintain schools in optimal working order for student learning, protect the investment made by taxpayers in their local schools, and result in dollars saved in utility efficiencies.

    Measure 2: Building for a lifetiMe of learning capital levy to constructand renovate school facilities

    Ballots in homes now. Return your ballot before Feb. 9!

    Technology program funding is part of the Capital Facilities Levy

    Modern technology can never replace a good teacher. But, a good teacher armed with valuable technology tools and strategies can become even better. The capital facilities levy also includes funding for the districtwide technology plan to implement the districts long-term technology programs to maintain and update technology tools and software used by students, teachers and support staff in every classroom and school. The technology replacement levy provides: 24/7 access to curriculum and coursework for students, parents and teachers to enhance individualized learning; wireless access in all schools; technology enhancements for safety and security; electronic tools for teachers to improve learning; and much more.

    2016 Building for a Lifetime of LearningCapital Levy to Construct and

    Renovate School Facilities

    Student enrollment in the district has increased by more than 1,800 students in less than 10 years as families move into the area for first-rate schools, affordable housing and excellent community and city amenities. Student populations are increasing in every school in the district. The district has seen an increase of between 100-200 students per year, or the equivalent of an additional school every year, for the past several years. Elementary school populations continue to grow as parents have children, and new families move into the district. Also impacting space at existing elementary schools is the addition of free, full-day kindergarten classes for all students, and work to decrease class-size in grades K-3.

    The Capital Levy to Construct and Renovate School Facilities will build a much-needed new elementary school at the site of Sartori Education Center, 315 Garden Ave, North, Renton, to help eliminate much of the congestion at current district elementary schools. The building of an additional elementary school will accommodate the

    large number of current and future kindergarten through 5th-grade students as they move into the district. This will reduce student populations at the districts other elementary schools.

    Why is another elementary school needed? School enrollment projections to 2024Based on County births and population trends, grade roll-up and local housing

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    Due to the increased number of families and businesses that have moved into the district, along with retiring debt, taxes to pay for these important school funding measures are spread out among more people and businesses, meaning tax rates for individuals will not increase. Collection of funding from both approved measures is estimated to cost district taxpayers $5.45 per $1,000 of assessed property value: The same amount paid in 2016; so there is no tax-rate increase.

    Measure 1 is a replacement levy, replacing the current classroom and school funding measure that expires this year and requires voter approval to continue for the next three years. It is not a new tax. Measure 2 has been structured, along with Measure 1, so that it does not change the current tax rate for district families and taxpayers, even while raising the necessary funding to replace

    the technology levy, build an additional elementary school and complete work at some larger, older school buildings.

    Senior citizens (age 61+), disabled individual