Work moves forward to promote Coupeville levies

Volunteers are laying the groundwork to promote two school levies going before Central Whidbey voters in February 2014.

Coupeville School District leaders are asking voters to renew an operations levy and a technology levy, both of which have to be approved by a simple majority.

Superintendent Jim Shank outlined recent activities undertaken by the Friends of Coupeville Public Schools, the volunteer group tasked with promoting the levies to Coupeville’s residents.

Christy Kellison and Susan Armstrong are co-chairs of the committee and Dawn Hesselgrave is the treasurer.

Shank said the group has filed its paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission and volunteers have raised $1,300 with an addition $300 on the way.

The volunteer group is preparing brochures and signs while letters to the editor will start appearing in area newspapers starting in January.

A Facebook page will be set up and volunteers will forego using a phone bank this time. Shank said phone banks haven’t been successful since it’s difficult to find cell phone numbers.

The Coupeville School District is sending two levy proposals to voters during a Feb. 11 special election. Both proposals will continue existing levies at current levels.

The operations levy will bring in $2.24 million a year for the next four years. The levy is a significant portion of the district’s $10 million budget.

The technology levy funds $300,000 a year for the next four years. That levy will help pay for upgrades to the school district’s computers. Voters first approved the technology levy four years ago.

Shank said emails have been sent out to community groups such as the Lions Clubs, churches and the chamber of commerce to schedule presentations about the levy.

He added that a rally will take place in late January to help garner support.


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