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Vote yes thrice in Coupeville

On Feb. 9 Central Whidbey residents will vote on three important ballot issues concerning our Coupeville schools.

The first ballot issue is a request to continue an existing maintenance and operations levy for four more years. This levy provides critical funding for basic school services such as textbooks, classroom supplies, bus transportation, building maintenance, after-school academic and athletic programs, community education and other important services. Voting yes will maintain current programs while a no vote will force significant program cuts.

The second ballot issue is a request for a technology levy to bring our schools up to state standards and most importantly, help our students stay competitive as they strive for college admission and prepare to enter a high-tech job market. This levy will bring new computers and technology to our classrooms, update our school system software and replace the outdated phone system at the elementary school.

The third ballot issue is a proposal to restructure the way the five-member school board is elected by creating three geographic director districts of equal populations and two additional at-large positions. This new structure will hopefully expand the pool of individuals interested in serving on our school board and should help eliminate our long history of unopposed school board races.

We are proud of this community and our local schools and have great confidence our Central Whidbey friends and neighbors will join us in supporting these three important issues. A good education is the best gift we can give our kids and voting yes will help ensure that our Coupeville schools remain the “Pride of the Island.” Vote yes three times on Feb. 9.

Tom and Melanie Tack

Coupeville

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