School levies pass, but more budget cuts loom

Bainbridge Island School District Supt. Faith Chapel said she’s happy that both levies passed, but said there are still more cuts to come.

Prop. 1, which is the supplemental programs and operations levy, is passing with 62.10 percent of the vote. Prop. 2, which is to replace the expiring tech levy, is passing with 55.90 percent.

“It’s always challenging (to pass a levy) in a November election with so many different kinds of measures,” she said. “But our public supporters worked very hard to get the info out and we’re very thankful and grateful for the community’s support.”

The levy victories come at a time when the district expects to see more cuts from the state legislature.

Chapel said they have been informed the state may make a 6.3 percent reduction in education funding to make up the deficit gap.

Chapel also said the district is looking at a $500,000 deficit, but the numbers will change once Gov. Chris Gregoire and the legislature deliver their budgets in mid December.

“The legislature is going to have a very challenging session,” she said. “So right now we’re in a wait and see mode.”

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