Bainbridge Island school levies pass

Bainbridge voters have approved two four-year levies to pay for educational programs and operations, and technology improvements, at island schools.

Proposition 1, the educational programs and operations levy, was passing with a whopping 74 percent vote of approval, while 25.9 percent were voting against the measure in the first vote tallies on Election Night. The unofficial vote count was 5,429-1,900.

Proposition 2 was getting the green light from voters with a 73 percent approval mark. The “no” vote stood at 26.6 percent in the initial vote count late Tuesday for the Feb. 14 Special Election. The first vote count was 5,334-1,932.

Prop. 1 , which pays for educational operations like teacher wages, program costs, utilities and transportation, will net the school $42.8 million between 2018 and 2021.

Prop. 2, which will go toward school technology costs, will gather $8.8 million between 2018 and 2021 to be spent on the implementation and maintenance of new technology in district schools, such as the Chromebook laptops already in use by students at Woodward Middle School that were purchased under the previous tech levy.