Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper


Two replacement levies to upgrade schools and technology programs around the Tacoma School District are winning by wide margins in early returns from Tuesday’s election.

Both packages are four-year levies totaling $96 million a year and were passing with about 64 percent of the vote, according to early election returns. While more ballots will be tallied until the election is finalized Feb. 25, it is unlikely that the trend will break and change the outcome of the election since the levies only require a simple majority of 50 percent to pass.

Proposition No. 1 will fund day-to-day school operations, including classroom teachers, librarians, nurses, textbooks and instructional materials, athletics, arts and music programs, technology support and maintain roofs, heating, electrical and plumbing systems, playgrounds, playfields, alarm, sprinkler, security and emergency preparedness systems.

Proposition No. 2 will fund technical training, support and up-to-date tools for teaching and learning, replace outdated classroom computers for teachers and students, and improve the district’s online system for parents, students and teachers to monitor academic progress, homework and attendance.