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The Meridian School District works in partnership with our families and our community to educate each student in a safe and supportive learning environment to become a positive contributor to society.

 


 

Levy and Bond Information

Community Facility and Bond Planning - April 10th, 2009
Meridian School District has completed three community meetings for Capital Facilities and Bond Planning and recommendations have been made to the School Board. The discussion of recommendations will be made at the April 15th Board Meeting.




Superintendent's Message, January 07, 2008

On March 11, 2008 Meridian, along with five other county school districts will be running M&O replacement levies that will be coming to the end of their four year cycle. In 2004 the voters of the Meridian School District approved a four year levy that would collect a tax at a rate of $3.26 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. In all four years that tax rate was lower than projected, and this year the rate is actually $2.52 per thousand. For many years Meridian has collected the lowest percentage of levy authority (the amount that the district is allowed by law to collect) of any district in Whatcom County. In addition, the Meridian School District has made facilities last, and has continued to use them even after they have been identified for upgrades and/or replacement. On the front page of the district website there is a link to the state required "Study and Survey" that gives insights into lifespan and condition of the educational and support facilities. I would encourage each parent and community member to read the report, finished in June of 2006 for yourself.

Due to changes in the state funding formula and the recent changes in the overall valuation of the district, Meridian will be losing approximately $300,000 of state funding. This loss of "Levy Equalization Funds" in addition to some very specific education needs around the areas of technology, professional development and curriculum materials will provide some unique challenges for the district as we continue to move forward in the overall improvement of the educational program at Meridian. Other fiscal pressures such as the ongoing physical maintenance of facilities and the need to maintain and update our fleet of busses that transport our children will be prominent considerations in the work of the school board as they determine a levy rate to send to the voters.

As a district we are committed to continuing to examine our ongoing operations for efficiencies while providing our students the best educational opportunities possible. We encourage each voter to examine the information available regarding the levy, talk with your school board members and to exercise your right to vote when the issue of local school funding comes before you on March 11, 2008.

We thank our community for their continued support of our schools.

Tim Yeomans, Superintendent

Levy and Bond Voter Information 2008
After a series of four public meetings held from November through January of this school year an advisory committee of Meridian citizens made a recommendation to the Meridian School Board to propose the following Levy and Bond measures to the voters of the District on the March 11, 2008 ballot.

Details of their recommendations and subsequent action by the school board can be found in this informational brochure.
 

Superintendent's Message, September 01, 2006

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the importance of our school levy which was approved by voters in the spring of 2004. We continue to appreciate your past support of the levy! The levy is a very important part of making it possible to provide the funding needed each year to operate our schools. Approximately 15% of the annual operating budget is provided by the levy, and parent/community awareness of and participation in the election process is especially important.

The next levy election will occur during the 2007-2008 school year. It is our intent to maintain an ongoing focus on this process and the valuable role of parents and community members. If you are not registered to vote, please consider registering now. Each school office has a supply of forms for voter registration.

Superintendent's Message, April 28, 2004

Thank You!

The Meridian School District would like to thank our community for the strong support shown in the April 27 School Levy Election. We appreciate so much the willingness of parents, students and community members to get involved in an effort to maintain financial support for our schools. We are committed to working to continue to improve and strengthen educational opportunities for students in our community. Thanks again for your support!

If you would like additional information or have comments or suggestions, please contact the district office at 398-7111.

Burton Dickerson, Superintendent

 

 

 

  • Superintendent's Message, March 16, 2004

    The Meridian School Board has voted to run the levy a second time on April 27.

    The polling places for Meridian voters shown below are as follows:

    PRECINCT POLLINGPLACE
    Bellingham 92,131 Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court
    Ferndale Twp 1,7 Laurel Community Baptist Church, 162 W. Laurel Road
    Ten Mile 2,3 New Life Fellowship, 810 E. Pole Road
    Van Wyck 2 Irene Reither Primary School, 954 E. Hemmi Road

    If you would like additional information or have comments or suggestions, please contact the district office at 398-7111.

    Burton Dickerson, Superintendent


    Superintendent's Message, March 1, 2004

    Based on the recommendations of members of our Citizens Advisory Committee on the levy, we are planning a Meridian School Levy Forum. This community meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. The link below is a copy of the flyer that is being mailed to every household in the district. I feel that this meeting is a very important one for our district and hope that you will be able to attend. As you can see from the flyer, the meeting is planned to include opportunities to receive input from those who attend. We will also present information about the district and the potential impact of a double levy failure.

    If you would like additional information or have comments or suggestions, please contact the district office at 398-7111.

    Burton Dickerson, Superintendent

  • Superintendent's Message, Feb 12, 2004

     

     

  • Many times I am asked by news reporters or others what specifically would happen if the levy should fail a second time. Although we hope this will never happen, it is important to me to be able to communicate to our parents, community members and employees the significant impact a double levy loss would cause.

    As I have wrestled with how to best respond to questions about this potential impact, I have realized that any cuts would be unpopular and strongly opposed by people that would be affected. Furthermore, none of us want to see programs and opportunities for our students taken away.

    The approach I have taken is to develop a "menu" of possible cuts from those areas that are supported by levy funds. It is important to note that this list is simply a starting place to enable me to communicate about the importance of passing the levy. Should a levy loss become a reality, there would be a collaborative process to weigh all the options and make recommendations based on input from all involved. The Board would then need to make final decisions. Let's hope it never comes to that point.

    At the bottom of this page is a link to the "menu" of possible reductions for your information. I have shared this information with the Levy Advisory Committee meeting. The focus of that meeting was not on identifying cuts, but on working toward a consensus on recommendations about running the levy a second time. These decisions would then be finalized by the Board.

    If you would like additional information or have comments or suggestions, please contact the district office at 398-7111.

    Burton Dickerson, Superintendent

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  • Superintendent's Message, Feb 6, 2004

    It appears that the Meridian School Levy proposal is failing. The vote count as of February 6 is 1161 YES to 798 NO (59.26% approval rate). It is diappointing to be so close but not meet the required 60%. However, we are thankful to our many supportive parents and community members in spite of this outcome.

    Although the results will not be certified until a final count late next week, we have to begin taking steps to plan for what's next. By state law, the district can run the levy again one time during this calendar year. The next available date is April 27. The advisory committee and board will be meeting over the coming weeks to discuss options and make plans.

    If you would like additional information or have comments or suggestions, please contact the district office at 398-7111.

    Burton Dickerson, Superintendent

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