District officials thrilled with landslide wins for levy | UPDATE

Bainbridge voters resoundingly approved two school levies in a landslide victory for island schools.

Officials with the Bainbridge Island School District were thrilled with the results of the Feb. 14 Special Election.

“We are so excited,” said Sheila Jakubik, president of the Bainbridge Island School Board.

“We are thankful for our supportive community,” she added. “The passage of these [propositions] will fill critical gaps in the funding we receive from the state.”

“We are thrilled and so grateful to the community. We’re super, super excited and grateful,” she said.

School administrators have been lauding the importance of the two property tax levies due to the lack of adequate funding for basic education from the state.

Proposition 1, the educational programs and operations levy, passed with a whopping 75.1 percent vote of approval, with 24.9 percent voting against the measure. The unofficial vote count at midweek was 6,227-2,066.

Proposition 2 got the green light from voters with a 74.3 percent approval mark. The “no” vote stood at 25.7 percent in the latest tally. The unofficial vote count was 6,105-2,117.

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 used by students at Woodward Middle School that were purchased under the previous tech levy.

An updated vote count is expected at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.