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Levy Update

posted Jun 25, 2017, 6:15 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 6:05 AM ]

The White Salmon Valley School District received approval from voters for a three-year replacement levy on February 14, 2017. 
These levy funds will be used to support the basic operating expenses of our schools for the 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-20 school years.

Levy funds help pay for a portion of the basic and fundamental educational programs and services required to educate all of our students, including teaching and support staff, curriculum, technology, instruction and learning sup-plies, increased utility costs, facility maintenance, and many other services and programs not adequately fund-ed by the state.

At the November 17, 2016 School Board meeting, the Board of Directors: Wayne Goodrich, Paul Mosbrucker, Kris Kreps, and Alan Reitz approved the special election replacement maintenance and operation levy for Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the amount of $2,780,000 the first year, $2,830,000 in the second year and $2,880,000 in the third year. This represents an increase of $150,000 the first year and $50,000 for years two and three. The district is requesting a slight increase to cover a variety of funding needs to support our educational programs and basic operational needs. Current funding needs include:

  1. Hiring a full-time ELL teacher to sup-port our K-8 students.
  2. Providing district professional development. The state does not provide funding for staff professional development and the district is often required to attempt to secure funding through grants.
  3. Supporting Sixth grade outdoor school. This program has become very successful and provides wonderful opportunities for our 6th graders to experience outdoor learning.
  4. Providing funding for our 5-12 Music Program for instrument repair and instrument replacements. Our music program continues to grow as more students have become involved in this great opportunity. Sustainable funding is needed to maintain a quality program.
  5. Providing support for our K-12 after-school program in meeting the needs our students.
  6. Replacing eight-to -nine year old teacher laptops that simply cannot be repaired any longer.
  7. Replacing our 1994 Grounds tractor that is simply worn out. Our grounds personnel do a great job of taking care of grounds and fields and they need up-to-date equipment that is safe and dependable.

The maximum levy amount our district can request is currently 28% of our levy authority, or $3,667,225. Our district has always asked voters for only what is needed and has never requested the full amount of our levy authority. Our current levy authority request will be approximately 19.5%.

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