February 11th Educational Programs & Operations Levy - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a levy and a bond?
Q: Why isn’t special education fully funded by the state?
A: Approximately 585 students in the White River School District receive special education and related services, from birth through 21. The federal and state funding models do not provide adequate funding to provide the necessary services for our special education students. Currently, the special education budget is subsidized by the levy by almost 1 million dollars. This means dollars are taken out of the general budget to support special education costs. The majority of our Special Education dollars pay for staffing such as school psychologists, teachers, paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. These dollars also pay for professional development, supplies and materials, assistive technology, and transportation.
Q: Why should I care about saving preschool?
Our data shows us that students who participate in our early learning programs go into Kindergarten with the skills they need for success! We started preschool in 2016 and have already served 317 students. This year, we have 90 preschoolers.. Early learning success is a predictor of high school graduation!
Q: If arts, drama, music, and athletics rely heavily on local levy dollars, what do sports fees and fundraisers pay for?
A: ASB fees pay for things like athletic transportation, officials and referees, event workers and supervision, sports equipment, entry and tournament fees, trainers, and membership and league fees. Booster Clubs also help with the cost of uniforms, some trips and travel, and extra athletic equipment.
Q: How did the White River School District fare in the McCleary ruling? Didn’t our district receive additional state funding for education?
Q: What do counselors and mental health professionals in our schools do?
Q: What do nurses in our schools do?
Q: Are your administrators paid more than in other neighboring districts?
A: The Board of Directors is committed to providing competitive compensation for all employees and this includes members of the administrative team. Salary and benefit information from both neighboring and similarly sized districts is collected, analyzed, and provided to the Board for the purposes of determining compensation schedules.
Q: What does the District’s total tax rate pay for?
Q: How is Wickersham being used?
Q: What does this mean to me as a taxpayer?
Q: What is the District proud of accomplishing?
Q: What are impact fees, and why are you collecting them?