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Levies

Thank You Voters—You helped Make Northshore Learns 2.0 Possible!

The following excerpts from the Northshore School District website show what is happening here in Northshore in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closing of our schools.

The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access. Without this 1:1 computing ratio Northshore Learns 2.0 could not be done equitably.

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Kids Need Food, Even When School is Closed

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Northshore School District (NSD) is allowed to operate a Summer Food Service Program, like they typically do when school is closed for the Summer. All kids, 18 and under, are provided a free lunch and a breakfast item. But this is not a typical school closure, many kids are at home and unable to go to a school site for food. The NSD has gone above and beyond to make sure they are doing what’s best for kids; they are delivering food.

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Levies

Technology Levy Dollars Level the Playing Field

The week of March 2nd, the Northshore School District made the difficult decision to close schools and transition to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, 4,330 computing devices1 and 532 hotspots1 have been distributed to students. The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access; this is what made that distribution financially possible.

With 23,294 students2 in the Northshore School District this means 18.58% of the students have requested a computing device. Here are just a few reasons that number is so high.

  • A student who is socially disadvantaged in some way might use the local library or stay after school for their computing device needs and now those are not options.
  • A student typically has access to a computing device at home but the student’s parent/caregiver is now using that device to work from home.
  • A student typically shares a computer with their sibling(s) and now would best be served having one of their own.
  • A student uses a desktop computer at home, after school, but now needs a portable computing device so they may continue their education at daycare, during the school day.<

All of the students in Northshore have benefitted from this distribution of computing devices; here a few ways.

  • All students have been able to keep up with their learning, it is a 24-7 process, and stay connected to their teachers and specialists.
  • All students have been able to stay connected with each other socially, in and electronic sense, even though they are not able to be physically near each other.
  • All Northshore seniors have been able to continue their college search and application process while also staying in contact with their high school Counselor.
  • All secondary students are able to study for College Board Advanced Placement, PSAT, and SAT exams.

Thank you voters! The distribution of 4,330 computing devices and 532 hotspots to Northshore students during the pandemic, which was made financially possible by the Technology Levy, has leveled the playing field and benefitted all Northshore students.

1. The Northshore School District Communication Department provided this information on 3/27/2020.
2. The February 2020 headcount was published in Dr. Reid’s Thursday Thoughts on 02/14/2020.

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Thank You Voters—You helped Make Classroom to Cloud Possible!

The following excerpts from the Northshore School District website show what is happening here in Northshore in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closing of our schools.

The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access. Without this 1:1 computing ratio Classroom to Cloud could not be done equitably.

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Bonds Finances Levies

Capital Projects Fund Balance Allocation Report—Dec. 2019

At the Feb 10, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented the Capital Projects Fund Allocation Report for December 2019. The Fund Balance Allocation Report shows individual Capital Projects by major funding source within the Capital Project Fund: 2014 Capital Bond, 2018 Capital Bond, Technology Levy, Impact Fees and Unreserved Funds.

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Bonds Finances

Skyview/Canyon Creek Addition—Project Update

At the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented this monthly project update for the Skyview MS/Canyon Creek Elementary Addition.

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Bonds Finances

CP4 Choice HS Number 5—Project Update

At the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented this monthly project update for the new high school, known as CP4 Choice HS Number 5 or Innovation Lab HS.

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Bonds Finances

Ruby Bridges Elementary—Project Update

At the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented this monthly project update for the new school, Ruby Bridges Elementary (formerly known as the Maltby Project or Elementary School #21).

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Bonds Finances

Inglemoor HS Concert Hall—Project Update

At the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting the Capital Projects Department presented this monthly project update for the Inglemoor High School Concert Hall.

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Levies

1-to-1 Computing—Chromebook Modernization

At the December 9 School Board meeting the School Board Unanimously approved the next step of the Chromebook modernization plan. This brings all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access.