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December ’18 Updates

Happy Holidays from the Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools!

Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the park was a huge success thanks to some great fall weather, and a wonderful community turnout. Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools had a voter registration table that included information about the bond. The choir was in full performance mode and there was plenty of candy canes, and left-over candy from the parade. It was great to see and speak with a lot of folks that were interested in the bond and in what the Citizens’ group is facing in the upcoming bond measure in February.

School board votes to place a Bond measure on the February ballot

On November 20th, the Yelm School district along with Citizens for Yelm Schools saw a terrific turn out of folks to witness a unanimous decision by the Yelm School Board to place a $98.9M bond on the 2019 February ballot. The board shared the journey over the past three months as they collected feedback from the community and experts in the construction and design industry. Superintendent Wharton presented the board an overview of the bond, which included safety measures for all the schools and replacing both Southworth elementary and Yelm Middle school campuses.

School tax Calculator

citizens for yelm schools tax calculatorTo find: go to Yelm Community Schools’ web site. On their homepage, on the left side of their homepage find their “quick links” section. Find “Bond Information.” Click here and you’ll find a ‘School tax calculator,’ link. See what your school tax rates will be when the bond passes. All you need to know is your home’s assessed value and it does the rest. The calculator is a product of DA Davidson, a financial management firm. A reminder that 2018 rates will remain the same, regardless if the bond passes or not.

Tax Calculator

Continued Communication through Social Media

Now is the time for our community members to continue communicating with everyone you know about the need for the passage of the bond in February of 2019.

We want as many citizens as possible talking to neighbors, family members, co-workers, and friends about the bond, and why the Yelm school district needs it.

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF a Homeowners Association, Booster/PTA, Church group, Sports club or other community group? Do you believe in this mission? If so, I encourage you to reach out to us ASAP and invite us to your next gathering. But we need ‘sponsors’ — folks like you, who are willing to invite us and stand up in front of your fellow Rotarians, Moms group, book club, etc. to share why you are encouraging others to Approve this initiative. Your voice is powerful! Book us now as January is filling up with doorbelling and phone banking events.

Outlets: Keep Sharing

Visit our Facebook page or go to our website, to become a member of this group and help us reach our main goal: Safer schools! Thank you to everyone who is sharing our FB posts and YCS’s excellent “Facts on Facilities” informational documents.

Upcoming events

December 13th: School board meeting 6pm
December 17th: January 1st – Mid-winter break
December 25th: Christmas day
January 1: Happy New Year!
January 7: Campaign kickoff (Bring your calendar!)
January 15: Last day to update voter registration information
January 21st: MLK day: No school
January 24th: Ballots Mailed to Registered Voters
February 5th: Last day for new registrations
February 12th: Election Day