Nearly 70% of voters have approved the Olympia School District’s four-year Technology and Safety Replacement Levy in the February 8, 2022 Special Election, according to the latest unofficial election results released the day after the election.
Election returns released by the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division on Wednesday, February 9 show the measure received 11,516 yes votes (69.84%) compared to 4,972 no votes (30.16%). A levy requires 50 percent-plus one yes vote for approval.
Olympia School District Superintendent Patrick Murphy thanked voters for their support. “We are grateful and appreciative that a majority of voters support a continuation of our strategic planning efforts to make technology accessible to all students, and to enhance safety and security in our schools.”
The district will continue to monitor Special Election returns in the coming days as more ballots are counted. The Auditor’s Office announced its next round of election results will be released at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 10.
Among other things, the $52.4 million replacement levy will fund new and continued technology and safety initiatives including:
- Touchscreen mobile computer devices for each student.
- Continuation of Internet access at home for students/families in need.
- Assistive technology devices for students with special needs, and associated staff training.
- Up-to-date classroom interactive display systems, including an interactive projector or flat panel screen.
- Safety vestibules in 13 school entries where they do not currently exist.
- Improved safe routes to school, including school zone crossings and notifications, and safer walking and biking routes.
- Safety notifications at the main entry/exit doors for all schools.
- Emergency power initiatives, including solar panels and back-up power generation to support critical operations.