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School levy ballots sent out

Voters will soon consider a four-year levy that could raise $4 million a year, along with additional state match, for Oak Harbor schools.

Ballots for the school levy election were sent out Friday and will arrive in mailboxes this week.

School district residents will find two proposals listed. The first levy for 74 cents will continue existing programs, and the second 24 cent levy will boost the district’s math program. Levy one must pass for levy two to take effect.

Today’s levy rate is set at 51 cents per thousand of assessed value. School officials say a tax increase is needed to renew the “intent” of the original levy. The effect of the levy has deteriorated over the years due to inflation and shrinking state matching funds.

Levy two will focus on improving math education.

An estimated 10 math specialists would be hired to the district, along with one new math teacher at the elementary and middle schools, and three at the high school.

The levy currently supports 20 teachers, 25 support staff, two computer technicians and a number of Advanced Placement courses.

Ballots are due back to the auditor’s office by March 10.

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