BGPS schedules public forum to discuss replacement levy spending

posted Nov 3, 2016, 12:25 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 2:13 PM by Rita Sanders ]

BGPS schedules public forum to discuss replacement levy spending

November 3, 2016

Battle Ground Public Schools is holding a public forum on Wednesday, Nov. 9 to seek input on how the district spends funds collected from its operations and maintenance levy. The current levy expires Dec. 31, 2017, and the school board will consider at an upcoming meeting whether to put a replacement levy before voters on the Feb. 14 ballot.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the Lewisville Campus, 406 NW 5th Ave., in room C-26. During the forum, the school district will present information about what the current levy pays for and ask for input about future levy expenditures.

Battle Ground patrons approved the district's current, four-year maintenance and operations levy in 2013. Without the support of levy dollars, the district would lose about 23 percent of its operating budget and would not be able to maintain proper staffing levels in each building. Levy dollars are the difference between what the state pays for and what it takes to operate schools and provide a quality learning environment. The levy allows educational programs and facility services to continue at a level that provides an education focused on the whole child and that enables students to engage in quality learning environments.

The levy pays for basic services that the state does not fund, including textbooks and curricula, staff salaries and professional development, transportation, and building maintenance. It also pays for health services, music and art classes, after-school activities, drug prevention education, instructional technology, security monitors, education for students with special needs, utilities, and insurance.