Coeur d‘Alene Public Schools

INVEST | INSPIRE | INNOVATE

We invest in each student to prepare, challenge and advance well-educated, resilient and future-ready citizens.

  •  Invest l Inspire l Innovate  
     
     
     
     
     
    We have a unique opportunity, based on growth & property value increases, to pass a school M&O Levy & Bond without raising current tax rates.  We encourage you to contact Superintendent Matt Handelman with any questions or comments at info@cdaschools.org or 208.664.8241. PDF files of this information are available for download to share.
    No change to the current tax rate!      

      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
     
     
    More than 1 of every 5 dollars we spend on students comes from M&O Levy. 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.
      
    CURRENT LEVY DOLLARS SUPPORT: 
    • Ongoing reduction in class size initiative
    • New curriculum materials/textbooks for students — a multi-year plan to align with the state’s recommended text replacement cycle
    • School Resource Officers (SROs) for safety
    • Student transportation beyond state minimum
    • Athletics, music, performing arts & extra-curricular activities
    • Para professionals & staff who support student learning
    • Advanced academic support for high achievers (ALP) & remediation for struggling students
    • Maintenance, groundskeeping & repair of school buildings & facilities
    • Technology devices & tools to enhance student learning

     

    ADDITIONAL LEVY DOLLARS WILL SUPPORT:
     
    • Bus purchases with 3-point harness safety belts
    • English Language Arts curriculum adoption 
    • Resources to support class size reduction targets
     

    CONSTRUCTION BOND
    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
     
     
     
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