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Q: How did you determine to put Capital Facilities Levy on the ballot?
A: For the past 18 months, our school district has engaged in conversations regarding our facility and technology needs. In the spring of 2007, Tim Madden and Mike Nelson met with every school staff and held community meetings at each of our schools to determine facility and technology priorities at each site and across our district.
In the summer of 2007, our district staff, with the participation of community members, selected Mahlum Architects to complete a Study and Survey of the facilities of the Enumclaw School District. Our technology department, during the 2007-08 school year, conducted an independent audit of the technology in our system. Information was gathered through student, staff, parent, and community surveys.
This foundational and transparent work, occurring during the past 18 months, has given us the knowledge of the collective perspectives across our staff and community about high need areas. This brochure outlines the Capital Facilities Levy, which will be voted on by the citizens in the Enumclaw School District on February 3, 2009.
Q: What is the difference between a Capital Facilities Levy and a Capital Facilities Bond?
A: A Capital Facilities Levy is different than a Capital Facilities Bond.
Capital Facilities Levy
Capital Facilities Bond
|Approved by a 50%+1 yes vote
Approved for 1-6 years
|Approved by a 60% yes vote
Approved for 20 years
Usually smaller amounts of money (than bonds) for projects that are too extensive for the general budget to handle.
Larger amounts of money are asked for jamor projects. This is spread out over longer periods of time for tax payers.
Q: You have talked about an Intelligent Classroom. What exactly is it?
A: As a result of an outside technology audit conducted by the Puget Sound Educational Service District and the Technology Work and Oversight Committee, we have established what we are calling The Intelligent Classroom. The Intelligent Classroom includes the following technology:
Student Computer (number not determined)
At a school level, rolling laptop labs available would allow a classroom of students full access when needed for instructional purposes.
Q: How will you prepare schools and classrooms for the added technology?
A. All of the items listed as part of The Intelligent Classroom would be considered "Classroom Technology Integration." We would also need to strengthen the infrastructure (ex: electrical wiring, patch panels, battery back-up, servers, networking equipment, wireless access points, etc.) required for The Intelligent Classroom.
Both categories are equally important as each supports teaching and learning. The first category, The Intelligent Classroom, is highly visible to everyone: students, teachers, parents, principals. The second category, the infrastructure, is "hidden". However, the infrastructure (ex: electrical wiring, patch panels, battery back-up, servers, networking equipment, wireless access points, etc.) is vitally important as it is the foundation on which the classroom technology must depend. Together, there are opportunities for learning and teaching that our students have not been able to realize.
Q. Why did you choose the Facilities Projects on the levy?
A. The roof at Enumclaw Middle School has emerged as the number one project. The school was built in 1984 with a 20 year roof. We have done several patches during recent years in attempts to extend the life. The replacement of the roof is estimated to cost $2.1 million dollars, much more than our annual operating budget can accommodate.
In addition to the roof, we will be supporting the needs of our heating systems at Enumclaw Middle School, Westwood Elementary and Enumclaw High School. Similar to the roof at Enumclaw Middle School, some of the heating systems in our district are operating beyond their life span. We currently face issues with reliability, parts availability and the ability to repair some of these systems. As you can imagine, heat is crucial to the learning environment of our students.
Q. What it the total amount for the levy and what is the tax rate?
A. The total amount for the Capital Facilities Levy that will go before the voters on February 3, 2009 is $8.4 million. This will be collected over a four year period beginning in the spring of 2010. Front-loaded in the first two years, the rate is shown below.
|2010||$0.87 per $1,000||$2,950,000|
|2011||$0.82 per $1,000||$2,850,000|
|2012||$0.39 per $1,000||$1,390,000|
|2013||$0.33 per $1,000||$1,210,000|
Q. How will the projects be completed?
A. The projects will occur over the next four years as we receive the money. Our school district will collect the money in the spring of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Q. Are there more projects than what you have listed?
A. Absolutely. For the past 18 months, our Board of Directors has been in a process to determine the needs in all of our schools and departments. After hours of conversation, discussion, research, prioritizing, and consideration of the current economic climate, our Board of Directors believes this levy will move our system forward in the area of academics and facilities.
Q. Who would I contact if I wanted to find out more information about the Capital Facilities Levy?
A. For general information about the levy, please contact Superintendent Mike Nelson or any Board of Directors.
For specific questions about technology or the facility issues, please contact the following two individuals:
Director, Business & Operations:
December 16: EHS Library, Parent Meeting, 6:00p.m.
January 8: Rotary, 12:00 p.m.
February 3: Ballot Measure - Election Day