Bethel levies passing narrowly

8:30 pm February 11th, 2014

Voters in the Bethel School District are approving two levies – but not by much – in early returns from the special election.
A four-year School Programs and Operations Levy, which would allow the district to collect between $40 million and $45 million per year from 2015 to 2018, was passing with a 52.8 percent majority after voting ended Tuesday night..
A second district ballot measure facing Bethel voters was doing slightly better with 53.8 percent of the votes in its favor. The School Technology Levy authorizes $4.5 million a year for four years beginning in 2015.
Levies pass or fail with a simple majority – anything over 50 percent of the total votes.
Tuesday was the last day that ballots could be turned in. Voting began last month.
The programs and operations levy will, if it passes, help pay for about 25 percent of the district’s day-to-day costs. Those costs, which aren’t funded by the state, include teachers, curriculum and classroom support, bus transportation for students, extracurricular activities (sports and arts), campus security, school librarians, nurses and counselors, building maintenance and groundskeeping, and all-day kindergarten and other instructional programs.
The four-year proposal would replace the previous levy by collecting between $40 million and $45 million per year from 2015 to 2018.
The School Technology Levy would enable the district to assign a laptop or some version of tablet computer to each student for instructional uses and enhance their use of technology in preparation for higher education and jobs.
District officials say the technology funding would only be used for buying and supporting technology equipment. That would include the hiring of an estimated 10 new employees, half of them teachers, for additional workloads that would come with the expanded presence of technology districtwide.

4 Responses to Bethel levies passing narrowly

  1. Eric Watson Reply

    February 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    OMGosh…..they dont need anymore money. Over 70% of our property taxes goes to a educational slush fund and if any of you havent noticed….our schools are being more like prisons!!! Policies, rules students go to school or parents go to jail. And the school wants more money? What the heck for? Really!! What for? More income? Im really upset we have one of the worse education systems in the world and our kids come out no better than a home schooled student. With the exception of those life long injured students who participate in football, baseball, basket ball, and other sports. Is there an insurance policy to help those injured for life students included in the slush fund???? NOPE! I quit school when I was 16 cos it was BORING. Nothing for me to do so I went to work instead. I learned more from my job than SUMNER HIGH would have taught me. Or even a college in the 4 years I worked for Marine Construction Services. We need to teach all students law. How to use it in our favor. We need to teach our boys more hands on stuff starting in elementary school. We need to teach the girls what a house wife means or house duties are. Guys need that too. But man, when I see all the kids having to go to college to learn something else to move them forward…then what is the use of basic education if it cant teach the things we need to know. Im still mad for going through the same junk, math, English, over and over again for 10 years. Sports need to be removed from school as it causes more harm to many of our kids than the stupid trophy’s worth. I say pay those who teach home school to their own kids. After all a parent is portraying a teacher. So that person needs to be paid. As for the teachers we have now….they are over paid and under educated.

  2. Gandhi57 Reply

    February 12, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Wow! All I can say is “amazing!” I can find so much to challenge in this post by Eric Watson I don’t know where to begin. The comments and rationale in opposition are “perfect” examples of why we MUST pass these types of levies – enough said.

  3. Kelly Kafir Reply

    February 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    As a property owner, I am NOT happy that these levies passed because I do not see a good return on my “investment”. The kids I went to school with at a local community college are flippin dumb as a dang box of rocks but they can sure tell you that Communism is great, Islam is peaceful and why a baby in the womb is disposable! These kids are getting an indoctrination, not an education and on MY DIME! It really grinds my gears that people who do not own property get to vote on these things because it is no skin off their nose to vote to make ME pay for your kids. And with the implementation of Commie Core, we are going to really see some even bigger problems! Here is a commie core math problem: You have 8 apples on the shelf and 6 apples on the counter. How can you express this? a) 8-6 b) 3+4 c) 12×2 d) 10+4… SERIOUSLY??? A normal person would be looking for 8+6!!! But no, commie core has to be confusing so instead of getting the correct answer efficiently, we have to confuse the hell out of them! And don’t get me started on the porno the kids will be reading in “The Bluest Eye!” SICK!!! And all the data tracking of your kids from birth to workforce? The Commie Core people saying your children belong to them – Can you say Labensborn??? What a crock of crap!!

    And Eric, you really need to go back to the stone age where you belong. We women are capable of doing more than being flippin housewives. You jackwagon!

  4. Eric Watson Reply

    February 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Challenge me wannabe Gandhi. Tell me about the Lotto. How it was brought forth in order to support schools and now the funds are used for other things. I have to pay 70 of my property taxes towards education. And now the Education system needs more money. If you have something to say….say it but dont come out here and say “so much to challenge in this Post…” and say nothing. At least I have the basket balls to say whats on my mind with supportive facts.

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