Construction levy is school board’s top issue tonight

The Central Kitsap School District Board of Directors will be hammering out some of the details of the capital projects levy it will bring to the voters this spring when it meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the CKSD Administration Building at 9210 Silverdale Way N.W.

At the Dec. 8 meeting at PineCrest Elementary School, the board decided to aim for putting a capital projects levy on the ballot for May 17. At tonight’s meeting, the board will discuss which projects will be listed on the levy and will discuss a timeline for getting the levy ready for the ballot.

A capital projects levy is expected to raise about $16.85 million and will combine with matching funds and Federal Impact Aid to raise about $60.6 million for capital projects in the district.

Federal Impact Aid is money the federal government gives to school districts with a high military presence. The Department of Education gives money to the district for each child who has a parent in the military or who works on federal property as a civilian contractor. In CKSD, more than 50 percent of the students have parents who fit in those categories.

The district will receive Federal Impact Aid until 2008, when the funds will have to be reauthorized.

CKSD also will discuss a new logo for Fairview Junior High School, hear an updated budget report and adopt the 2005-06 and 2006-07 calendars.

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