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Learn about Coupeville school levies

Voters living within the Coupeville School District will soon have a chance to learn about the levy measures that will appear on the Feb. 9 ballot.

The presentation takes place Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m., in the Coupeville Elementary School Library, located at 6 South Main St.

Superintendent Patty Page and Business Manager Janet Fisher will share information about the two levy proposals and a third proposal about the Coupeville School Board reorganization.

Ballots were sent out last week in the all-mail election. The first levy proposal asks voters to reauthorize the district’s maintenance and operations levy, which will last for four years. If approved, the Coupeville School District will collect $2.17 million in 2011, which will gradually increase to $2.47 million in 2014. The levy pays for teaching positions, support staff, and coaches and advisors for school district activities and athletics. The levy represents about 20 percent of school district revenue. Its cost per thousand is $1.08, the same as the present levy which expires soon.

The second levy proposal would allow the school district to collect $300,000 a year for the next four years. If approved, the measure would allow officials to replace the district’s computers, upgrade its technology, provide training for staff and replace the 20-year-old telephone system at Coupeville Elementary School. Cost is 15 cents per thousand.

Both measures have to pass by a simple majority.

In addition, the school district is running a proposal to reorganize the board. Rather that having school board members represent five individual districts, the ballot proposal would change to two at-large positions and three district positions. Officials want to make the change to allow more people to run for the school board.

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