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School board says levy bid coming in February


November 13, 2019

The Goldendale School Board will put a new school district levy on the Feb. 11, 2020, election ballot.

The board passed the levy resolution on Oct. 21. The levy, if approved would provide for $2,500 per student at a rate of approximately $2.31 per thousand dollars of assessed property value.

In a statement announcing the levy intention, the board said, “The state of Washington does not adequately or fully fund public education. This means that the Goldendale School District relies on local tax funds to support approximately 14 percent of its budget. The February 11, 2020, ballot measure replaces the current Maintenance and Operation levy that our community voters approved in 2018.”

The board stated local levies traditionally have been called Maintenance and Operation levies. The McLeary Act of 2018 required that local levies change the title of the local levy to “Enrichment.” This means local funds are intended to be used to enhance the funding from the state. Districts are also required to have pre-approval from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure that the levy is expended for allowable purposes. The Goldendale School District has received this approval. There is no difference between M&O and Enrichment levies other than the change of the name.

Washington legislation states school districts can ask voters for $2.50 per $1,000 or $2,500 per student, whichever is less. For GSD, $2,500 per student is the lower amount.

“The Goldendale School District levy funds staff and supplies to support student learning,” the board statement said. “All student activities and athletic funding comes from the local levy. In addition, GSD supports physical education, music, art, nurse, and counselors through levy funding. Classroom books, workbooks and technology are also supported through our local levy.”

This levy election is for four years and, with anticipated enrollment increases, will increase from $2.31 per $1,000 ($2,472,769) to $2.46 per $1,000 ($2,624,121) over the course of the four years. An information flyer, provided by GSD, will be sent to patrons in early December.

Anyone with questions regarding the levy may contact Superintendent Ellen Perconti or Business Manager Dean Schlenker at 773-5177.


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