The School Board is asking voters to approve a $16M M&O Levy for two years, a $1M annual increase from the current levy. The School Board is also asking voters to approve a $35.5M Construction Bond.
INVESTING IN OUR SCHOOLS WITHOUT RAISING TAX RATES:
MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS LEVY
Reliance on the Levy has changed. What was once supplemental, is now essential funding.
50% MAJORITY VOTER APPROVAL REQUIRED TO PASS
M&O Levy dollars fund the day-to-day operations of educational programs & services, bridging the gap between funding provided by the state & the cost of meeting the educational opportunities our local community desires.
The Levy is ESSENTIAL to fund critical programs & education needs beyond the basic funding from the state. By state law, M&O levies expire every two years thus we must ask our community for a renewal to maintain a high level of service & programming for our students.
These important projects address safety, equity of opportunity, future growth & current overcrowding.
66.67% SUPER MAJORITY VOTER APPROVAL REQUIRED TO PASS
Our School Board is also asking voters to approve a $35.5M Construction Bond. Bonds finance building improvements, remodels & new construction, as the state provides no funding for this purpose & does not allow for the collection of development impact fees as a funding source.
The Bond will provide much-needed facility improvements & repair for our older schools, & includes expansion & new construction to offset & reduce class sizes. View the complete Phase 1 Projects list. Projects include:
A new elementary school, to include the acquisition of land and construction in the NW section of the district
Coeur d’Alene High School: Seven new classrooms replacing all portables; Additions to the gym, weight room, south building entrance & an update to track surface
Lake City High School: Eight new classrooms replacing all portables; Additions include practice gym, weight room wrestling room, multi-purpose room; Updates to the track, parking lot & bus loop
Lakes Magnet Middle School: Additions to the gym, multi-purpose room, cafeteria, CTE classrooms, band/music room & updates to hallways & lockers; Renovation of main office/security configuration; Update to parking lot, play field, storage building
Dalton Elementary: Additions include art, music & multi-media rooms; Upgrade to parking lot
Building systems upgrades to four schools listed above including flooring, plumbing, HVAC, security, technology
Fernan STEM Academy parking lot safety improvement
Hayden Meadows Elementary upgrade to gym floor
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON MARCH 14TH
I get to spend time with some pretty marvelous kids during my work week, and last week we spent our time talking about about the meaning of community as well as introducing our brand new books. One definition of community that rings true in Coeur d' Alene is "a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals." It means the world to our kids here at Dalton that people they have never met, or even seen, care enough about them and their education to hold fundraisers that, in turn, allow me to purchase books that they help choose. Besides having the BEST job ever, my heart is full in knowing that our community is behind our future leaders 100%!
The Coeur d’Alene School District complies with all applicable laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), genetic information, veteran status or disability in any educational programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance or in employment practices. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance with this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the Section 504 Program Coordinator or Director of Human Resources at the District Office, 1400 N. Northwood Center Ct., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, (208) 664-8241.