School support levy gets a new rubric

Voters in Central Kitsap will see a “Renewal School Support Levy” listed on their Feb. 7 ballots this winter. The levy, formerly known as the Maintenance and Operations or M&O levy, has undergone two name-makeovers in the hopes of conveying a clearer message to the public.

The Central Kitsap School District first dubbed the measure School Support Replacement Levy. However, concerns that some voters think the word “replacement” refers to bringing back to the ballot the capital projects levy which failed last year, have led to this latest re-dubbing.

Administrators decided on the newest levy title, “what we think will be the optimal language to use,” said Superintendent Greg Lynch at Wednesday’s CKSD board of directors meeting.

CKSD has been coordinating its work, such as finding the most appropriate levy title, with North Kitsap, Bremerton and South Kitsap in what is an unprecedented level of cooperation between the four districts. NK and Bremerton also are up for levy vote this year, while SK offers feedback as the district that most recently passed its own levy.

The message CKSD hopes to convey by renaming the levy is that it is meant to renew support for existing programs currently funded by the M&O levy passed in 2002 which expires in December 2006.

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