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Two of the district’s major goals – restoring lost programs and rebuilding its fund balance – aren’t mutually exclusive, but attaining both has become problematic amid the economic recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spokane Public Schools is taking the first steps toward asking voters to approve up to a $200 million, three-year replacement levy in February.
In trading away the chance for a one-time infusion of $22.5 million and instead spend down reserves, the district increased its trust with voters and time to campaign for a three-year replacement levy. But it will mean operating on slim margins for the next school year.
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors will face some tough choices Wednesday night as they consider whether to put a one-year supplemental levy on the April ballot.
Teacher salary increases are a welcome relief, but our representatives aren’t doing their job bringing our funding formulas into the 21st century. Fortunately, Reclaim Idaho is picking up the Legislature’s slack.
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors crunched a lot of numbers Wednesday night, but board members want to see a few more before deciding whether to put a supplemental levy before voters this year.
Spokane Public Schools may consider asking voters to raise property taxes to offset budget deficits created by state government changes to school funding along with pay raises given in 2018.
The Central Valley School District’s one-year, $11.8 million supplemental levy is likely to pass, with more than 51% of residents voting “yes” and about 175 ballots left to count as of Wednesday evening.
Initial results from Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake’s school elections showed that East Valley School District voters approved two levies and Central Valley had a narrow lead.
A Washington state school board has asked the state Legislature to remove a cap on how much money school districts can collect through local fees and taxes.
It wasn’t easy, but the West Valley and Cheney school districts are moving forward following the narrow passage of levies.
Pullman residents so far seem to approve of a $29 million bond measure to expand Pullman Regional Hospital, but results will come down to the last ballot counted.
Hanni Levy, who survived the Holocaust hiding out in Berlin, has died. She was 95.
Alone among the larger districts in Spokane County, the Mead School District decided this year to mitigate its budget problems by offering a two-year supplemental levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. If the $14.6 million measure passes, the district will reinstate some paraeducators who were let go in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel, and expand learning opportunities for nontraditional students.
Spokane voters overwhelmingly chose Tuesday to renew
In the first night’s count, many Spokane County voterscast their ballots for an increase in property taxes for county libraries, with about 53.3% voters saying yes on Spokane County Library District Proposition 1.
According to the district, the money raised would reinstate some paraeducators lost in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel and expand learning opportunities for non-traditional students.
The quartet – Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy “FutureMan” Wooten and Howard Levy – will headline the Bing Crosby Theater on Monday.
Coeur d’Alene school district voters on Tuesday approved a two-year, $20 million levy for various programs and building maintenance. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the tally was 4,278 yes votes to 1,867 no votes.
Senate rejects effort to reduce the supermajority needed to pass school construction bond issues.