Save more with Deferred Compensation Program in 2020

Pink piggy bank with coins surrounding bankWith the approach of the new year, it’s a great time to evaluate your Deferred Compensation Program contributions. Are you saving enough to meet your retirement goals?

The IRS has increased the amount you can defer into DCP. In 2020, you can contribute up to the following maximum amounts:

  • $19,500 annually if you are under age 50
  • $26,000 annually if you turn 50 or older in 2020

Even if you don’t contribute to the maximum, it’s a good idea to check your deferral amounts and consider saving a bit more in 2020.

Depending on your employer’s payroll, it can take up to 30 days for your account changes to go into effect. So for the new year, you might want to start your changes now! Change your contributions through your online account at or call the DCP record keeper for assistance at 888-327-5596.

Remember, DCP is a special type of savings program that helps you invest for the secure and stable retirement you want to achieve. Unlike traditional savings accounts, DCP is tax-deferred — it lowers your taxable income while you are working and it delays payments of income taxes on your investments until you withdraw your funds. DCP is a great way to save!

To learn more, visit the DCP website at

Flags lowered to half-staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Flags lowered to half-staffGov. Inslee directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including schools and support facilities, be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, December 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was created by Congress in 1994 in honor of those Americans killed or injured as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

The Governor’s Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, December 6. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, December 7, or first thing Monday morning, December 9.

Accessibility Tip of the Week: Changing Default Heading Styles in Word or Google Docs

This week Robert Hardy, our district website accessibility specialist, shares about how to modify the default appearance of true headings in Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Please call Robert with any accessibility questions at Ext. 6105. He is more than happy to talk by phone or schedule a time to meet with you.

A staff member recently asked if it is possible to change the default styling of the true headings within Word and Google Docs. The answer is yes! Not only can the styling be altered within each document (as described in the MS Word and Google Docs quick-start guides), but the default styling can also be changed for future documents.

Google Docs

  1. Highlight the text you would like to make a heading.
  2. From the style drop-down in the top menu, select the desired heading level. In this example, it will be a Heading 1.Google Docs top menu. The Style menu drop-down is highlighted.
  3. Change the formatting of the heading text as you would like it to appear in this and future documents.
  4. Go back to the Style drop-down in the top menu and highlight the appropriate heading style. In the menu that appears, select ‘Update ‘Heading X’ to match’. This will update all text set to the same heading style within this document.Google Docs screenshot. The Style menu is activated, Heading 1 is activated, and Update Heading 1 to match is selected.
  5. Repeat the previous steps as desired for other heading styles.
  6. To save this styling as the default for future documents, return to the Style menu and highlight ‘Options’. Select ‘Save as my default styles.’Google Docs screenshot. The Style menu is activated, Options is activated, and Save as my default styles is highlighted.

Microsoft Word

  1. Right-click the appropriate heading style from the Home ribbon and select ‘Modify.’MS Word screenshot of the Home ribbon / Styles menu. Heading 1 has been right-clicked and Modify is highlighted.
  2. Within the Formatting section of the Modify Style menu, select the text properties you would like for this heading style.MS Word screenshot. The Modify Style menu is activated and the Formatting section is highlighted.
  3. Once the desired formatting has been achieved, check the ‘Add to template’ box. This ensures the heading style will be altered for future documents using the standard template.MS Word Screenshot. The Modify Style menu is activated and the checkbox Add to template has been checked and is highglighted.
  4. Click Ok.

As always, if you have any accessibility tips or questions, please feel free to reach out to the district’s Website Accessibility Specialist, Robert Hardy at extension 6105.