Kent schools' levies passing

Voters were approving the Kent School District's Technology and Maintenance and Operations (M & O) levies from Tuesday's special election.

After the first batch of ballots were counted Tuesday, both levies were leading with more than 56 percent approval.

The M & O levy was leading 10,278 to 7,857 votes, and the technology levy was winning, 10,511 to 7,629 votes. A simply majority is needed to pass levies.

The M & O levy will go toward re-implementing school programs that were cut, such as band and arts programs, school busses and transportation and special education classes. The technology levy will pay for maintenance and upgrades to classroom computer systems, digital education tools and digital media tools.

"We're overjoyed that the community is supporting the levy, and look forward to having additional resources and additional options to help maintain the educational environment in Kent," said KSD spokesperson Chris Loftis.

Loftis said that levy and bond votes act as gauges of the public's faith in district operations.

"We're in a situation where every four years we have to go before the people, and that's the citizens' chance to let us know how we're doing."

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