Our Schools. Our Future. Vote YES on February 14, 2017.

One of the Most Underfunded School Districts in the State

Jan. 19, 2017

To the Editor:

In a perfect world, the Legislature would do its job and fully fund education. Until that happens, we need to vote “yes” on the two levies that are up for renewal on the Feb. 14 ballot. These important ballot measures — the Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy and the Technology Levy — are “insurance policies” that will continue to provide funding for Bainbridge Island public schools.

Bainbridge public schools are the most underfunded, yet highest-performing school districts in the state. U.S. News and World Report rated Bainbridge High School No. 321 out of more than 21,000 high schools in the nation and the 7th best in the state.

Here are two more reasons to vote “yes” for the levies:

  • BISD ranks 211 out of 295 school districts in total per pupil revenue (state, local and
    federal revenue).
  • More than 70 percent of Washington state school districts receive better funding than BISD.

As the mother of two BHS students, I value the quality education my children have received over the years and I want to ensure those high standards continue in the future.

Sincerely,

Karen West