On October 21, 2019 the Goldendale School Board adopted a resolution to place a school district levy on the February 11, 2020 election ballot. The levy, if approved would provide for $2,500 per student at a rate of approximately $2.31 per thousand dollars of assessed property value.
The state of Washington does not adequately or fully fund public education. This means that the Goldendale School District relies on local tax funds to support approximately 14% of its budget. The February 11, 2020 ballot measure replaces the current Maintenance and Operation levy that our community voters approved in 2018.
Traditionally, local levies have been called Maintenance and Operation levies. The McLeary Act of 2018 required that local levies change the title of the local levy to “Enrichment.” This means that local funds are intended to be used to enhance the funding from the state. Districts are also required to have pre-approval from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure that the levy is expended for allowable purposes. Goldendale School District has received this approval. There is no difference between M&O and Enrichment levies other than the change of the name.
Washington legislation states that school districts can ask voters for $2.50/$1,000 or $2,500 per student, whichever is less. For GSD, $2,500 per student is the lower amount.
The Goldendale School District levy funds staff and supplies to support student learning. All student activities and athletic funding comes from the local levy. In addition, GSD supports physical education, music, art, nurse and counselors through levy funding. Classroom books, workbooks and technology are also supported through our local levy.
This levy election is for four years and, with anticipated enrollment increases will increase from $2.31/$1,000 ($2,472,769) to $2.46/$1,00 ($2,624,121) over the course of the four years. An information flyer, provided by GSD, will be sent to patrons in early December. If you have questions regarding the levy, please contact Dr. Ellen Perconti or Mr. Dean Schlenker at 509-773-5177.