Investing in our future
District taxpayers will be asked to renew an expiring operating levy on November 2, 2021, as well as consider new funding to help maintain - and possibly expand - programs for students. Watch for more details to be shared here as they become available.
Time is running out on the district’s existing operating levy
The operating levy, which was originally passed in 2013, expires at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. If a new levy is not approved, the district will lose between $11 to $12 million in annual funding and would face significant reductions in staff and programs.
What Will Be On The Ballot?
The school board is considering two separate ballot questions - one to replace the expiring levy and a second to help fund technology. Taxpayers will be surveyed this summer to gather input on how much the community would be willing to invest to support schools. A final decision on what will appear on the November 2, 2021 ballot is expected by mid-August. Stay tuned for more information.
Possible Question 1
Renew the expiring levy and provide additional revenue to help make up the funding gap.
Possible Question 2
Support a 1:1 technology program and fund a variety of technology-related expenses currently paid from the general fund, including devices, infrastructure and staff.
Addressing Funding Needs - November 2, 2021
The expiring operating levy accounts for approximately 12% of our total operating budget. The levy has helped to stabilize funding for the past eight years, allowing us to maintain many of our programs and staff. But even with the levy in place, we've had to make budget reductions as a result of inflation, rising costs, a state funding shortfall and unfunded mandates.
Addressing Facility Needs - Future Request
The school board is expected to bring a bond referendum to voters in 2022. Holding off until 2022 allows the district to focus on the operating levy this fall, as well as study space and facility needs, consider boundary adjustments, and watch enrollment trends over the next year. Any projects approved on a 2022 bond referendum would likely be completed during the 2024-2025 school year.