Puyallup voters approve two school levies

Voters have approved two school levies to fund day-to-day programs and operations, aging facility improvements, and technology upgrades, according to unofficial February 11 Special Election results.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office reported on election night that a four-year Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy (Proposition 1) received 65.79 percent 12,535 yes votes compared to 34.21 percent 6,519 no votes.

The replacement levy pays for about one-quarter (24 percent) of the district’s day-to-day programs and operations and renews an existing four-year levy approved by voters in 2010.

Voters also approved a School Facilities Improvements and Technology Upgrades Levy (Proposition 2) with 62.76 percent 11,939 yes votes compared to 37.24 percent 7,083 no votes.

The six-year levy supports improving aging neighborhood school buildings and updating classroom technology to support teaching and learning.

“We appreciate the gracious and generous support from our community,” responded Superintendent Tim Yeomans. “We will continue to be good stewards of the dollars entrusted to us. Our primary mission will be to continue improvement of instruction, student growth, and achievement. Passage of these levies will allow us to provide that support over the next four years of operation and six years of maintenance for our facilities.”

Pleased with the election results, School Board President Chris Ihrig noted, “The Puyallup community has once again stepped forward with a resounding voice of dedicated support for continuing the tradition of excellence in education. Today’s yes vote provides much needed wind in the academic sails as we continue to create an environment where every child can succeed. On behalf of the students, teachers, support staff, administration and Board of Directors, we extend a heart-felt thank you to each member of our community.”

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will certify the Special Election results on February 25.

Puyallup is the ninth largest school district in the state with more the 20,500 students.

Be informed

Puyallup School District Superintendent Tim Yeomans urges staff and community members to be informed regarding the upcoming School Levy Election on February 11, 2014.  He reminds us of the wonderful things our students accomplish, and encourages us each to share in the responsibility of serving as “key communicators.”

More business walks

More business walks have been scheduled. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 18, 9-10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 3-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 23, 3-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 9-10 a.m.

Volunteers will receive 10 yellow signs to take to local businesses and ask to post in their windows.

Stop by Sparks Deli to pick up your materials anytime during the hour posted.

Our friends at Anthem Coffee Support Great Schools!

Letters to the editor

Editorials and articles are popping up in the newspapers and online in support of the upcoming ballot measures.  Now is the perfect time for supporters of the Puyallup School District to make their voice public.  Now is a great time to show your support of Puyallup students and staff.

Writing a letter to the editor is not that challenging.  Read a current letter or article and highlight the points that make the most sense to you.  Think about the one or two most important reasons for voters to approve Propositions 1 and 2.  Write them down.  Include thoughts about why voters should vote YES and conclude with your own plans to vote YES.

Stay positive.  Don’t disrespect those who don’t agree.

Keep it brief.  Most publishers won’t use more than 250 words.  They prefer 150 words.

Take a look at the samples below and send a letter THIS WEEK!

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Tacoma News Tribune Editorial 1-14-14

Read the editorial published in the January 14, 2014 Tacoma News Tribune about the importance of M&O levies, titled Educational Programs and Operations Levy in the Puyallup School District.

To quote the News Tribune, “For the school districts, M&O levies — which come from property taxes — make all the difference. Statewide, they provide districts with an average of 20 percent of their funding.”

Read the full article at  http://ow.ly/sAOoE.

Campaign Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

Beginning the week of January 13, election campaign activities will begin full force.  There are many openings for volunteers interested in assisting with the campaign. The spreadsheet below reflects school activities currently scheduled. This document will be updated as more activities are finalized. Continue to check back frequently for updated information.

Click on the link below for currently scheduled school activities.

School Campaigns 1-29-14