Dear Community, Families, Students, and Staff:
During the December 11 School Board Meeting, the directors approved placing a replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EPO) Levy measure on the ballot during the February 13 election.
The current 4-year levy expires on December 31, 2018.
2018 replacement levy amounts are:
2019 - $12,046,115 (estimated tax rate of $3.90 per $1,000 of assessed value)
2020 - $12,564,097 (estimated tax rate of $3.95 per $1,000 of assessed value)
2021 - $13,104,354 (estimated tax rate of $4.00 per $1,000 of assessed value)
2022 - $13,667,841 (estimated tax rate of $4.05 per $1,000 of assessed value)
The Safety & Technology levy also expires on December 31 and will not be renewed.
During the October 23 School Board Meeting, the directors approved placing a $79.5 million bond measure on the ballot during the February 13 election. The estimated tax rate at this time would be $1.49 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
The bond measure, developed by the community-led Facility Improvement Taskforce, will provide funds for the construction of a new Evergreen Elementary School. The bond measure will also provide funds for building preservation projects such as new roofs, windows, outdated mechanical systems, siding, paint, foundation repair, etc., at the schools.
To develop the recommendation, the Taskforce met twice a month from September 2016 through July of 2017. During this time they toured each school building guided by the building principal. The principal detailed their individual building current and growth needs with the taskforce.
The Taskforce work culminated in a recommendation to Superintendent Phil Brockman that included both preservation projects and growth needs at each building. Mr. Brockman presented his recommendation via several school board work sessions. The board directors thoroughly reviewed and discussed immediate building and future growth needs prior to approving the bond resolution.
The preservation and growth projects are listed here on the website, along with questions and answers raised in the community. The Q & A list will be added to as more questions are raised and answered. Community members, parents, and staff are encouraged to call 360-855-3500 or email email@example.com to discuss any bond questions or concerns. Additional information, meetings, and tours will continue to be added to the website as scheduled.
Our community is encouraged to ask questions. These are your school buildings and the district would like to hear from you regarding the February 2018 bond measure.