Thank You for Supporting Our Schools!
Each and every student in our community benefits every day from the resources provided by our voters, thank you for your support in successfully preparing all students for their futures.
2018 Educational Programs & Operations Levy
In February 2018, voters approved a two-year $94,000,000 replacement levy measure providing nearly 20 percent of the district’s overall budget. The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy funds approximately one in five of all KSD employees and bridges the gap between state funding and community expectations. This levy provided the second-largest source of the district’s annual general fund operating budget and supports educational programs not fully funded by the state.
This levy expires in December 2020.
Specifically, this levy is helping to:
- Fund teacher, instructional assistant, and support staff salaries
- Improve safety and building security for students and staff
- Fund Special Education services for students
- Provide bilingual services for students
- Fund professional development for staff
- Fund multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to provide behavioral support to students
- Fund bus transportation and student activities such as music, arts, extra-curricular, and athletic opportunities
2018 Technology and Capital Projects Levy
A capital projects levy provides funding for items that require a larger sum to acquire, improve or maintain a school building or a technology solution.
The state provides a minimum amount of funding for technology in schools. At the same time, the need for technology in our school district continues to grow. In 2004, the district began plans to launch an exciting new venture: one laptop for each student.
More and more traditional book-based curricula include digital resources. Other educational software programs can supplement learning or give students who need extra help another way to learn. Classroom technology enables teachers to enhance classroom learning. Our intended outcomes of the KSD One-to-One laptop program remain unchanged today: increase student achievement, provide a way for effective communication with students and families, and help maximize resources.
In addition, running a school district creates the same needs for business systems that a corporation with a budget of approximately $400 million would need. In fact, those business systems are critical since the district must report to the state, the federal government, and to our community members how district dollars are spent.
Capital projects also ensure buildings and sites are properly maintained over time. Major systems such as roofs, hot water systems, lighting, and flooring are replaced or upgraded on a life-cycle basis. Physical education and athletic facilities can be renovated to ensure safety. Health and safety upgrades to buildings can be installed.
Capital projects are needed to ensure major building and site systems are replaced when at the end of their useful life or that upgrades are made for educational or health and safety reasons.