Kent School District uses levy to restore creative programs

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 8:04 AM

COVINGTON, Wa. -- Schools across Washington have dealt with deep budget cuts. But one district is bucking the trend and is actually bringing back programs that were eliminated.

In February, voters approved a levy in the Kent School District to restore programs, like music. After passing a nearly $6 million levy, voters, parents and teachers were asked to fill out a survey.

The number one program they picked to restore was fifth grade band and orchestra. Second on the list was bringing back elementary school guidance counselors, followed by librarians. Parents and teachers ranked those programs and positions higher than eliminated sports programs, like baseball and softball.

Administrators hope lawmakers in Olympia recognize the importance of funding creative programs. 

“We really want to see schools funded by the state. It’s not our parents responsibilities to fund these types of programs. It should be a state priority that we are having these innovative programs in every one of our buildings across the state,” Crestwood Elementary School Principal Travis Smith said.

Fifth grade band and orchestra will be back in classrooms in the 2014 - 2015 school year.

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