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Bellingham Public Schools

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Bellingham Public Schools will have an operations and technology levy on the upcoming special election ballot on Feb. 13, 2024.

These levies would replace two voter-approved levies from 2020 that will expire soon.

As a reminder to voters, the easy-to-remember adage is “bonds are for building and levies are for learning.” These levies pay for nearly 25 percent of the cost of educational services not adequately funded by the state. 

Operations Levy

The replacement operations levy supports teaching and learning: 

  • Pays for teachers, counselors, nurses and other staff   

  • Lowers class size   

  • Funds other basic operations and programs such as safety, Special Education, Multi-lingual Learners and Highly Capable program  

  • Provides arts, music, athletics and other programs for the whole child   

  • Supports food services/wellness   

  • Supports field trips and Project Free Education  

Technology Levy 

The replacement technology levy pays for: 

  • School safety enhancements: security cameras, door locking systems 

  • School wired/wireless networks   

  • Adaptive technologies and devices for children with special needs 

  • Computers, software, and digital curriculum licensing 

  • 1:1 (one-to-one) technology initiative to support learning and prepare students for the future 

  • Staff who implement and integrate technology 

  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) support   
    Education of online safety, empathy, responsibility and digital citizenship

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