With the recent defeat of the Permanent Improvement (PI) levy, the school board decided not to put the levy on the ballot again in the spring of 2017. The school district’s repair and maintenance issues still remain to be addressed.
In just the past several months, the need for PI expenditures included replacing the gym floor at Northwood ($48,000) and repairing roofing at Northwood, Whittier, and Emerson ($40,000). This winter, the potholes in the Northwood driveway will be temporarily fixed at a cost of $1,500. Within this next year, it will be necessary to replace two of our aging buses at a cost of $180,000. The state mandate for all students to take state tests online, beginning in spring 2017, has meant thousands of dollars spent on purchasing computers over the past several years to meet this requirement.
Other “beyond our control” annual costs include $75,000 for CCP classes and textbooks; $70,000 for the Autism Scholarship; $395,000 for the John Peterson Scholarship (special education cost for SCS students attending elsewhere); $676,000 to community schools; $3,505,000 ($6,000 per student attending neighboring school districts) for open enrollment.
One major focus in the past failed levy attempt was to communicate with and energize our parents of SCS students. It was disappointing to learn that a sizeable percentage of our parents are not registered to vote. A concerted effort will focus on making every attempt to register parents.
We stay committed to providing the best possible education for our students and spending tax dollars wisely. However, the need to properly maintain and operate our schools does not go away…