Yelm Schools Board to vote Feb. 22 for another replacement levy – If approved, would be on an April 23 special election ballot!
- Editor’s note: The addition of a YMCA bond proposed to be put to voters later this year could be in jeopardy after the poor Yelm Schools levy showing.
Yelm district could go out for another levy after latest fails
Significant cuts possible if proposition stalls twice
Excerpt from the Nisqually Valley News (NVN):
Yelm Community Schools (YCS) is facing a challenging situation after its measure to replace the education and operations levy failed in the Feb. 13 special election.
Unofficial results on Friday, Feb. 15 show 2,746 voters, or 53.02%, opposed the proposition, with 2,433 voters, or 46.98% in support.
As a result of the shortcoming, YCS Superintendent Chris Woods said the school board will vote to put another replacement levy on the ballot for the April 23 special election at its next meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at the district office. The news of the proposition being shot down surprised Woods and others in the district.
Woods added that the district’s first priority is to determine cost-saving measures for the remainder of the current school year and looking at what potential cuts could be made for next year if the second levy proposition also fails. He said the second proposition won’t be a repeat of the first one, however.
“It’s important for us to be asking questions and listening to the community about how they’re feeling, learning from them and taking suggestions,” he said. “We need to listen to community members and hear strict criticism.”
The levy makes up about 13% of the district’s budget, and YCS was slated to collect a maximum amount of $15.5 million in 2025 in the first year of the four-year levy, if approved.
If the second levy is not approved, the district would have to cut funding for staffing, art and music programs, equipment, athletics, activities, and mental and physical health services. “Everything within the district is on the table” when it comes to potential cuts, according to Woods, but those discussions will begin at Thursday’s school board meeting.