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Students success requires support | Letters

On Feb. 11, 2014, San Juan Island School District will ask its voters to renew the 4-year Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy.

The M&O levy is vital to the School District’s budget and makes up nearly 20 percent. “Basic Education Funding” provided by the state of Washington is not sufficient to fully fund our district’s programs.

Renewal of this levy sustains the continuing excellence of our instructional and co-curricular programs.

This nearly 1/5th of the budget helps fund; additional teaching positions necessary to ensure reasonable class sizes and comprehensive student schedules, more than state-provided staffing for music, visual arts, libraries, and technology, and programs such as Advanced Placement, enrichment and community-based courses. Fortunately for students, tax-payers have voted positively for many years.

This levy is not new to voters. In March of 2010 you generously voted “Yes” on this same M&O levy and it is now time to renew for the next four years.

Please continue to help our students learn, grow, and be all they can be. Vote “Yes” on SJI School District Renewal M&O Levy. Thank you for your kindly support.

Submitted by FH high school, middle school, elementary school PTAs


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