Central Kitsap School District puts levy on February ballot

Voters will see a levy measure for Central Kitsap School District building and technology updates on the February 2011 ballot. The school approved putting the levy to a public vote at its Aug. 11 meeting.

The five-year levy would collect $58 million that would help pay for the replacement of Jackson Park Elementary and remodel of Silverdale Elementary. If the levy passes, the state would provide $14 million in matching dollars. The district will also use $17 million in federal money for the projects, amounting to a total of $89 million of improvements in the next five years.

The levy rate would be about $1.71 per $1,000 of property value, according to a district news release.

In addition to the Jackson Park and Silverdale Elementary building projects, the levy would also pay for technology upgrades districtwide, including the replacement for computers that are up to 13 years old, district spokesman David Beil said. The money would also go toward building repairs, including electrical upgrades and roof repairs.

If approved, the levy will replace a capital projects bond, approved by voters in 1992. The district’s previous effort to pass a construction levy failed 64 percent to 36 percent in 2005, which would have paid for the replacement of Jackson Park and the now-closed Seabeck Elementary.

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