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$1.1 million safety and capital levy passing for Griffin schools

Students pass the Griffin School library as they walk through the main entry foyer. A requested levy to make safety improvements to the school, including a more secure entryway, was passing on Tuesday night.
Students pass the Griffin School library as they walk through the main entry foyer. A requested levy to make safety improvements to the school, including a more secure entryway, was passing on Tuesday night. Staff photographer

A $1.1 million safety and capital improvements levy measure was overwhelmingly passing in the Griffin School District on Tuesday night.

Greg Woods, superintendent and principal of the K-8 school district in the Steamboat Island area of Thurston County, said he was feeling “appreciative beyond belief.”

“We couldn’t be happier that the majority of our community saw fit to support this measure,” he said.

The special levy is expected to raise $1.1 million for the district over two years at a rate of about 58 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

District officials plan to use the money to expand a “one-to-one” electronic device initiative to all of its 610 students. Last year, the district became one of the first in the region to provide iPads for all of its middle school students.

“We think it’s pretty essential,” Woods said of the technology.

The district also plans to spend the money on several safety enhancements, such as installation of new security cameras and upgrades to the school’s alarm system. The district also wants to expand its use of automatic door locks and to purchase mobile-response technology that can be used during a lockdown or school emergency.

Some of the money will end up at Olympia’s Capital High School. Because Griffin doesn’t have a high school, it is required to pay for a portion of the capital and technological improvements that are made at Capital High, where Griffin students attend, Woods said.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

lpemberton@theolympian.com

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