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The two Anacortes school levies appear to be passing with more than 60 percent approval in early vote counts.

One levy, a replacement educational programs levy is passing with 4,068 to 2,180 votes or about 65 percent approval, while the technology levy is passing with 4,001 to 2,245 votes or about 64 percent approval.

The educational programs levy pays for everything outside of the state’s definition of “basic education” such as mental health, nursing, special education, extra-curricular activities, certain teaching positions, early learning, and a portion of maintenance, food and transportation costs.

The technology levy is a state approved funding mechanism to allow districts to enhance classroom technology to prepare students for future education and careers. The district launched a “digital conversion” four years ago to deploy laptops to staff and students. Each student in grades three through 12 has a device to work with at school. In kindergarten through second grade, the ratio is two students per device.

The educational programs levy is $1.27 per $1,000 valuation. The collection in 2019 will be $7.6 million. The technology levy is $0.33 per $1,000 valuation. The collection in 2019 will be just under $2 million.

Both levies are replacement levies and would take effect next year.

The next vote count is set for 5pm on Thursday.

Meanwhile school levies are passing in Conway, but a levy in Darrington is failing. School levies in Sedro-Woolley are too close to call.