New Seattle schools chief hopes to trim $1 billion levy amount

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by ROBERT MAK / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 5:32 PM

The new superintendent of Seattle's public schools said Friday he hopes to trim a $1 billion schools levy that could go before voters in February, and he said parents should start getting comfortable with the idea of bigger schools.

Jose Banda said he's specifically hoping to trim the $700 million construction portion of the levy. Already, he said, the school system is looking at cutting that number to $600 million.

The $300 million portion of the levy reserved for operational expenses wouldn't change, he said.

Banda also said bigger schools can work just as well as smaller ones. In Anaheim, where Banda worked before Seattle, elementary schools have 500 to 600 students, compared to Seattle's 200 to 300 average.

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