February 9, 2017
To The Editor:
The election on February 14 to Fund operations and technology for the Bainbridge Island Public Schools is a non-partisan issue! After three of our board members attended the excellent Bainbridge Island School District presentation on the proposed Levies, the Bainbridge Island Republican Women’s Association has decided to support both of these levies. Data shows that the BISD is using both state and local taxes effectively to serve our students. Both levies are renewals of existing levies and will lead to only minimal tax increases.
Funding voted on by the state legislature makes up the rest of the $11,000 per pupil funding (68 percent) but that could change. Both the House and Senate have proposed legislation that would further increase state funding to adequately fund basic education but by using very different funding mechanisms. These proposals affect your taxes and also how much control the local school districts and school principals have over those funds.
A non-partisan forum featuring state senators Christine Rolfes(D) and Ann Rivers (R) will take place on March 5 from 2:30-4:30 at the Bainbridge Island High School Commons. If you are interested in the state education funding picture, including the different legislative proposals to adequately fund basic education called for in the McCleary decision, be sure to attend.
Alice Tawresey, 2017 BIRW President