Education Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy

Because of the way school funding works in Washington State, our school district has to use levies to fund many essential programs. As voters, we renew them every four years. 

Vote YES to renew our commitment to quality education.

The EP&O levy pays for 14% of LWSD’s overall budget, and specifically contributes to:

  • School nurses
  • School counselors
  • Health room and mental health funding
  • Campus safety staff
  • Substitute teachers
  • Special education preschool & Head Start, to help our most vulnerable young kids be ready to learn in Kindergarten.
  • High school’s 7-period day, which supports graduation requirements
  • Music and arts programs
  • Extracurriculars
  • Athletics
  • Special Education (including Learning Center classrooms and aides)
  • Highly Capable programs
  • English Learner (EL) programs
  • Summer education programs

These programs have been shown to significantly improve student learning and boost outcomes after graduation. They also make school a happier, safer, more enriched day-to-day learning environment for kids and their families. Lake Washington School district has more than 30,500 students, and this levy impacts every single one of them.