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Feb. 13 levies: Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy

levy funding school houseThe four-year Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy would provide additional money for maintenance and improvement of district buildings, facilities and fields. It would eliminate the need to use $500,000 out of the general fund for this purpose. Of the annual $3 million request, $2.25 million is expected to support facilities upkeep and improvements. It also would enable the district to keep its teaching and learning technology up-to-date.

The current levy provides for:

  • Student and teacher computers, and educational technology on a school-by-school basis
  • Replacement school intercom systems that provide essential communications
  • Safety and security upgrades
  • Roof replacements
  • Boiler repairs and replacements
  • Concrete repairs
  • Electricity and lighting upgrades for energy efficiency
  • Grounds maintenance and improvements
  • Athletic field maintenance and upgrades

To find out more about the two levies on the Feb. 13 ballot, please visit our Replacement Levies Information Hub.

2018-01-19T15:00:09+00:00 January 14th, 2018|

Feb. 13 levies: Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy

levy funding pencilThe state made big changes to education funding in 2017 but most school districts have needs that exceed their state funding. State lawmakers and other officials continue to learn about the impacts of these changes and consider modifications moving forward. Meanwhile, the law of the land currently affects taxpayers by:

The two-year Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy would help the district maintain essential student programs and services beyond what is funded by the state.

Current student programs and services funded by this levy include:

  • Classroom staff
    • special education teachers who address unique learning needs
    • regular education teachers who provide instruction
    • teacher aides and paraprofessionals who support our teachers
  • Other staff
    • counselors who address social and emotional needs
    • custodians who keep our buildings clean and safe
    • coaches who help build skills outside the classroom
  • Classroom materials and supplies that help our students learn
  • Staff training focused on student achievement
  • All extra-curricular activities, such as clubs, bands and athletics

These are not new taxes, but a replacement of the expiring Maintenance and Operations Levy approved in 2014. No local school levy tax can be collected after Dec. 31, 2018 without voter approval. While the expiring 2014 levy costs taxpayers approximately $3.23 per $1000 assessed valuation, changes in state law lower this cost starting in 2019 to an estimated $1.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. This year (2018) will be an exception year when the state school levy costs increase 81 cents  per $1000 valuation and the 2014 levy completes its last year. Staring in 2019, overall school taxes for Longview residents are expected to dip below 2017 rates.  The decrease is expected even if voters approve both levies on the Feb. 13 ballot.

To find out more about the two levies on the Feb. 13 ballot, please visit our Replacement Levies Information Hub.

2018-01-19T15:01:07+00:00 January 14th, 2018|

Mark Morris student shines in multi-state honor band

Mark Morris percussionist Isabel Buckingham was selected by audition to perform in one of the four honor bands at the Western International Band Clinic annual conference in Nov. 2017 in Seattle. Wash.

District band teacher Mrs. Regan Huffman was in attendance for the annual four-day convention for directors and students in Seattle, Wash., and says “Not only was Isabel chosen to be a part of [the honor bands], she was chosen to be in the top band, “Thunderbird Band”, and was second chair in her section. These are the best students from five states so this says a lot about Isabel and her musical talent.”

Congratulations to Isabel on this great accomplishment!

2018-01-11T16:04:00+00:00 January 11th, 2018|

School Board vacancy – apply by Jan. 19, 2018

Applications for a vacancy on the Longview Public Schools Board of Directors are currently being accepted.

In accordance with Board policy, individuals seeking appointment to the Board of Directors must be U.S. citizens and qualified voter residents of Longview School District #122. This is an “at large” position meaning it represents the entire geographic area of Longview Public Schools.

School board meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meetings take place in the Administration Building Board Room, located at 2715 Lilac Street, Longview. Board members also serve on subcommittee meetings, which occur at least quarterly.

The candidate selected for appointment will serve on the Board until the next odd-numbered year general election, November 2019.

Complete and submit your application online or pick up an application at the Administration Building, 2715 Lilac Street, Longview, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Applications are due to the Superintendent’s Office Jan. 19, 2018 by 3:00 p.m.

After the Jan. 19 application deadline:

  • The Board will review applications in an executive session at the end of the Jan. 22 regular meeting.  The Board may select candidates to interview after they complete their review of qualifications.  The selection of candidates will occur in open session after the executive session.
  • Candidates will be interviewed in open session during the Jan. 29 Special Meeting at 6:30pm.  There will be a discussion of qualifications in executive session, then selection of a candidate for appointment to Position #3 in open session.
  • The new board member will be sworn into office on Feb. 12.
2018-01-09T10:05:42+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

Apprenticeship and trades fair coming to Mark Morris on Jan. 24

Students in grades eight through twelve and their guardians are invited to learn about apprenticeship training and career opportunities on Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm.  The fair will be held at the Mark Morris High School LGIC and cafeteria, 1602 Mark Morris Ct.  Activities include:

  • Hear about the benefits of apprenticeship programs
  • Listen to a young, skilled apprenticeship panel share their apprenticeship and work experiences
  • Meet union representatives from across our region
  • Meet employers who hire apprentices
  • Learn about the new Pre-Apprenticeship program offered in our district next year
  • Try our virtual welder and meet our teachers
2018-01-09T14:02:17+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

Replacement levies in February election

Each month, Dr. Zorn reaches out to our business community via the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce newsletter with information about the successes and challenges of our public schools.

The  Feb. 13 election will ask Longview voters to replace two important levies that expire at the end of the year.  The Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy would help the district to continue providing essential services to our students. The Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy would provide the district needed funds for the upkeep of its aging buildings, facilities, fields, and continue to provide computers for teaching and learning.  Levy dollars are needed to bridge the critical gap between state funding and the need to provide Longview students with an education that prepares them for the future.

The  Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy for 2019 and 2020 would help the district maintain essential student programs and services beyond what is funded by the state. These include:

  • special education teachers who address our students’ unique learning needs
  • regular education teachers who provide instruction for our students
  • counselors who address our students’ social and emotional needs
  • custodians who keep our buildings clean and safe
  • teacher aides and paraprofessionals who help our students learn
  • coaches who help our students build skills outside the classroom
  • classroom materials and supplies that help our students learn

At $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property valuation, this levy would cost Longview taxpayers less than half the one it is replacing.  After the old Maintenance and Operations Levy expires in 2018, overall school-related taxes are expected to decrease, beginning in 2019.

The  Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy for 2019-2022 would provide additional money for maintenance and improvement of district buildings, facilities, and fields, while continuing access to educational technology for students and staff. This request would yield approximately $3 million for each of the four years. Of that, $2.25 million is expected to support facilities upkeep and improvements.  Projects funded through this levy would include: safety and security upgrades, roof replacements, boiler repairs and replacements, concrete repairs, efficient electricity and lighting upgrades, grounds maintenance and improvements, and athletic field maintenance and upgrades.  This levy also would enable the district to keep its technology for student learning up-to-date and continue its established plan of replacing classroom computers and educational technology on a school-by-school basis. It also can be used to do things like replace worn-out school intercom systems that provide essential communications.  At approximately 60 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, this replacement levy would cost more than the expiring capital projects and technology levy. However, combined with the reduced operational and educational programs levy, the total cost of the district’s levy request is less than the current total levy cost.

Longview Public Schools has a history of open communication. If you have any questions or would like additional details, please contact me by phone at (360) 575-7016 or by email.

2018-01-09T15:36:17+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

Four years of service begins for two board members

Phil Jurmu sworn in

CJ Nickerson sworn in

Phil Jurmu was sworn in as a member of the Longview School Board of Directors at the Dec. 11 Board meeting by Superior Court Judge Marilyn K. Haan. Jurmu will serve on the Finance, Facilities and Technology, and Community Relations subcommittees, and as liaison to the Budget Advisory Committee.

C.J. Nickerson was sworn in for a new term and reelected board president. He was originally elected to the board in November 2013 and has served as board president since November 2016. Nickerson will continue to serve on the Leadership and Learning, and Employee Relations board subcommittees, and is the WSSDA Legislative Liaison.

Barb Westrick was reelected board vice president, a position she has held since 2014. A board member since 2003, Westrick also serves on the Leadership and Learning, and Employee Relations subcommittees.

The School Board meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except May 23, 2018 (Memorial Day), Nov. 12, 2018 (Veterans Day), and Dec. 24, 2018 (Christmas Eve).

 

2017-12-13T14:48:20+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

News from the Nurse: Prevent illness with hand washing

Keep calm wash your hands

District Nurse Lisa Lyons shares a healthy tip for these colder days when people are spending more time inside together.  “Remember to wash your hands! Washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can reduce the passing of gastrointestinal illness by 50%.  The passing of respiratory illness can be reduced by 20-50%!”

2017-12-13T13:31:54+00:00 December 13th, 2017|