Beaverton schools notch big win
Voters gave a resounding "yes" on Tuesday to the Beaverton School District's request for a $165 million, five-year levy to pay for teaching positions.
As of Wednesday, the vote was winning by almost 72 percent in favor.
"It's amazing how much the community of Beaverton supports public education," Superintendent Don Grotting said Tuesday night. "We're just seeing these numbers now. Even we're taken aback."
The levy replaces the district's last five-year levy, just as it is about to expire. The new levy would pay for an estimated 300 teaching positions throughout the district.
The last levy did the same: In the 2017-18 school year, the levy-funded positions including 158 at elementary schools, 53 at middle schools, 70 at high schools and 18 at option schools.
"The school board really wanted to know what the community wanted. And class size was right at the top of the list," Grotting said.
If the numbers hold — official results won't be known for a few days — the levy will generate $31 million in 2018-19, climbing steadily to $35 million by 2022-23.
The price tag is $1.25 per $1,000 assessed property value. For homes with the median assessed value of $238,000 (median, meaning half of homes in the district are worth more and half are worth less) would continue to pay about $300 per year.