Educational Programs & Operations Levy (EP&O) February 11, 2020
HOW DO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS & OPERATIONS LEVY FUNDS BENEFIT STUDENTS?
SMALLER CLASS SIZES – additional staffing to help maintain low class size
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING – workshops, seminars, and any related special training for our staff
SCHOOL LIBRARIES – library staff, library books, curriculum and reference materials
TEXTBOOKS AND CURRICULUM MATERIALS – textbooks, including novels, materials for reading and writing instruction, and supplemental teaching materials for all subjects
GROUNDS, MAINTENANCE AND UTILITIES – costs for maintenance and custodial services, grounds, heating and lighting our buildings and fields, insurance and transportation
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – including athletics, band, choir, drama productions, chess, mock trial, and others
SPECIAL EDUCATION – adaptive equipment for children with special needs, staff including teachers and paraprofessionals, textbooks, supplies and materials needed for special services programs
STUDENT HEALTH – counselors, most nurses, health room paraprofessionals, health screenings, and student health plans for medically fragile children
IS THIS A NEW TAX PROPOSAL? AND, WHY NOW?
No. Voters must reauthorize the levy for each year of funding. Voters approved the current levy in 2015 for four years. The replacement levy on the February 11, 2020, ballot will continue programs and services for four more years: 2021 through 2024.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE EP&O LEVY PROPOSAL?
The district is requesting authorization of $4.02 million for 2021, $4.26 million for 2022, $4.52 million for 2023, and $4.79 million for 2024.
HOW MUCH WILL THE PROPOSED EP&O LEVY COST?
If approved, the proposed replacement EP&O levy will not increase the current tax rate from the 2019-20 school year of a projected $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed home value.