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A graphic on district tax rates shows that if voters were to approve a four-year replacement levy, total tax rates would stay below 2018’s rate of $5.23 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The following are actions and discussions by the Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors and district officials during the Thursday, Sept. 12, regular school board meeting at the district office. 

• The school board approved the hiring of eight new staff members and educators. The board also approved four resignations, retirements or terminations and approved one position reassignment. 

• Superintendent Brian Wharton presented the board with a presentation on why the four-year replacement levy is needed at Yelm Community Schools. Funding accrued from the current levy, which expires in December 2020, currently makes up about 10 percent of the district’s 2019-2020 operational budget and is crucial to keeping educational programs afloat, Wharton said. 

“It is our intent to start calculating the use of levy funds, process it with OSPI by the first of October and then have council work with us to prepare a resolution for the Nov. 26 board meeting. We’ll also be working very tightly with our Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools group so that we make sure they’re knowledgeable,” Wharton said.  

• The district plans on bringing forward a resolution to the Board of Directors for approval during the Nov. 26 regular meeting. If approved, the measure would be put before voters for the special election on Feb. 11. The levy would increase the local collection rate to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. Even if approved, school tax rates wouldn’t exceed 2018’s total rate of $5.23. Under new mandate by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, schools will also need to gain approval from OSPI on spending before filing resolutions for levy measures. 

• Yelm High School will host a college and career fair at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, Career and Technical Education Director Teri Pablo said. 

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