Staff across the Mercer Island School District, including this group from Lakeridge Elementary, held signs on Feb. 23 to thank voters for their support of the Replacement Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy in the recent special election. The levy passed with 71 percent in favor, the highest approval rate for any school ballot measure in King County. Courtesy of MISD

Staff across the Mercer Island School District, including this group from Lakeridge Elementary, held signs on Feb. 23 to thank voters for their support of the Replacement Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy in the recent special election. The levy passed with 71 percent in favor, the highest approval rate for any school ballot measure in King County. Courtesy of MISD

Thank you, Mercer Island voters for levy support | Letter

Levy passed with 71 percent in favor, the highest approval rate for any school measure in county.

We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to Mercer Island voters for your support of the Replacement Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy on the Feb. 13 special election ballot.

The measure passed with 71 percent in favor, the highest approval rate of any district in King County.

Our local levy dollars stay on Mercer Island, providing educational experiences beyond the state definition of basic education.

They fund 20 percent of the district’s general fund budget, including more than 38 percent of special education funding. It will allow the district to continue to fund the seven-period day at the high school, which helps students to meet the 24-credit graduation requirement and take electives as well.

The levy also helps fund elementary music, art, PE and Spanish, smaller class sizes and advanced science and fine arts at the high school and middle school.

Mercer Island School Board

Tracy Drinkwater, President; Ralph Jorgenson, Vice President; David D’Souza, Director; Brian Giannini Upton, Director; Deborah Lurie, Director; Donna Colosky, Superintendent