District asks for 'Against' statement authors for February 2022 levies
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Would you like to write the voter’s pamphlet statements opposing the two Tacoma Public Schools replacement levies that will appear on the February 8, 2022, ballot?

Election regulations require Tacoma Public Schools to solicit Tacoma citizens who want to represent the “For” and “Against” committees in the official election voter’s pamphlet. The Board can appoint up to three individuals to serve on each committee.

So far, three individuals have volunteered to serve on the “for” committee and author the “for” statements for both propositions:

  • Willie Stewart, former School Board member and district administrator
  • Victoria Woodards, Tacoma mayor
  • Tom Pierson, President and CEO of Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

The School Board is expected to appoint the three to the “for” committee at its Dec. 9, 2021, meeting and must file committee names with the Pierce County Elections Office by Dec. 10, 2021.

If you would like the district to consider you for appointment to one of the “against” committees, please email your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to Dan Voelpel, Public Information Director, dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us, no later than Monday, Nov. 29. Please identify which of the two committees you would like to participate in:

  • Against: Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations.
  • Against: Replacement of Expiring Levy for School Technology Improvements and Upgrades

You may apply for membership to both committees.

Background
Proposition 1—Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations.
The Board of Directors of Tacoma School District No. 10 adopted Resolution 2099 to fund educational programs and operations.  If approved, Proposition No. 1 will replace an expiring levy and authorize the District to fund classroom teachers, nurses, counselors, special education, students with disabilities access, preschool, arts, music, safety, security, emergency preparedness, instructional materials, plumbing, HVAC, and building maintenance; and levy the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District.


Proposition 2—Replacement of Expiring Levy for School Technology Improvements and Upgrades.
The Board of Directors of Tacoma School District No. 10 adopted Resolution No. 2100 to fund technology improvements and upgrades.  If approved, Proposition No. 2 will replace an expiring levy and authorize the District to fund expanded K- 12 student technology access in all neighborhood schools, up-to-date computers and technical training; improve online safety, security and District-wide IT systems; and levy the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District.


Election regulations require Tacoma Public Schools to solicit Tacoma citizens who want to represent the “For” and “Against” committees in the official election voter’s pamphlet.

 


Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 | dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us

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