Why SoWashCo Schools is on the Ballot Nov. 2.
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) faces inadequate state funding, increasing educational costs, continued budget cuts and the need for enhanced technology as a tool for learning. To help, SoWashCo Schools is asking voters to consider a school funding increase with two questions on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Question 1 - Stability
Question 1 will ask voters to consider revoking the 2015 and 2017 operating levies to create a new operating levy that increases funds from $1,536.60 to $1,886.60 per student. The funds would include an annual increase at the rate of inflation for 10 years.
Question 2 - Technology
Question 2 will ask voters to revoke the current capital projects levy and create a new levy for technology. The increase would raise an additional $3 million per year for improved instructional technology, tech support, maintenance for student devices and enhanced technology infrastructure like wifi and networks.
If voters approve both questions, the tax impact on the average value home in the district ($300,000) would be $17 more per month.
Community Information Sessions
Virtual Community Information Sessions
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Oct. 11
In-person Community Information Sessions
6-7 p.m. | Oct. 13
Spending of Every Dollar
91 cents of every dollar goes directly toward student learning and keeping our schools safe and comfortable.
How do we spend every dollar received?
- Classroom instruction = All costs that go into regular instruction and activities
- Special education = All costs which relate to special education services
- Facility and maintenance costs = The cost to clean, heat, cool and provide water to buildings and grounds. Also includes garbage removal and daily maintenance and repairs
- Student Support = The cost of transportation, counseling, health services, psychological and mental health services and social work
- Instructional Support = Includes curriculum, media centers, instructional related technology, staff development and teaching and learning
- District Support = Includes the essential functions of a large employer, such as human resources, payroll, school elections, census, student information, technology, finance, legal
- Administration = Includes the superintendent, school administrators, district administrators and the school board