At a special meeting on December 10, the Board of Education acted upon and unanimously approved the recommendation by myself and Treasurer Zeman to place a 3.9 mill operating levy combined with a 1.0 mill permanent improvement levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot. This levy will cost taxpayers less than $2 a month more than they currently pay, based on a property valuation of $100,000. Due to sound financial practices and restructuring and refinancing of existing debt, the new issue will not change the current tax rate, but will be a small tax increase because of a law change.
A decision to ask for new revenue from our taxpayers is a serious one. With the District beginning to deficit spend in 2020, it’s important that we continue to look ahead. Our District is strong in our academics, programs, and our facilities. We want to keep it that way and build on our successes.
What will the money go toward?
- Adding STEM offerings to prepare students for their futures;
- Expanding career and technical educational opportunities for middle and high school students;
- Keeping educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date;
- Recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers by paying them competitive salaries;
- Providing mental health services for elementary students;
- Expanding early childhood programs for our community’s youngest learners; and
- Protecting our community’s investment by keeping all of our buildings, athletic fields, vehicles, and other assets in good condition.
?In the 16 months I have served as your Superintendent, I have been beyond impressed by the commitment of this community to its children and their schools. Let us build on the excellence that Lakewood prides itself on and expects. I look forward to continuing to work with you, and ensuring a bright future for our children.