February 11th Educational Programs and Operations Levy
The White River School District’s February 11 Educational Programs & Operations levy will fund:
- Student opportunities in arts, music, athletics and other extracurricular activities
- Arts, drama, music and athletics rely heavily on local levy dollars and are all important opportunities for our students to learn outside of the classroom. Our students from elementary to high school have coaches and programs like these thanks to local levy-approved funding. The state provides zero funding for these programs, while the February 11 levy would continue our funding at $850,000.
- Students services including mental health services, early learning and special education programs
- We know school is more than academics. We are proud to provide mental health services and counselors for our students, thanks to voter-approved levy funds. The state funds about 1 counselor for every 500 students, while the February 11 levy would allows us to fund 2 counselors for every 500 students.
- Staff such as teachers, nurses, counselors, para-educators, playground staff and campus security officers
- Did you know state funding doesn’t cover the cost for even one full-time nurse for our entire district? The February 11 levy would keep our current staffing at roughly six nurses for our district.
Why are we asking for this levy?
The district is seeking to restore local voter-approved funding because the state limited what our district could collect in 2019-20. This cut our local levy collection for students and schools by almost 50 percent. Our district backfilled our 2019 budget with reserves, but this is unsustainable moving forward.
Moving forward, we need to restore $1 to our tax rate to maintain funding consistent with past years. This levy will ensure we continue to have student opportunities, student services, staff and manageable class sizes.
If approved on February 11, the White River School District tax rate for the Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy will be no more than $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, lower than the rate approved in previous years.