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ratio of devices to students in each class K-4 beginning in 2018

Bond/Levy

Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members,

The Ellensburg School District Educational Programs and Operations Levy Renewal is on the current ballot. This propositon would authorize the District to meet the educational needs of its students and provide the extra and co-curricular activities that prepare our student's for all of life's opportunities.

For more information, please view School Board Resolution 12.11.17, this informational levy handout, or call us at 925-8010 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a bond and a levy?

Bonds are for building, levies are for learning!

A levy is a local tax. It supplements the general fund which pays for operational costs of the school district such as salaries, benefits, utilities, fuel costs, supplies, equipment, athletics, extracurricular activities and special programs. Levy dollars cannot be used for renovation or construction costs. A levy requires a simple majority voter approval (51%) and can be approved up to a four-year term.

Levies are raised from property tax and the levy rate is expressed in terms of dollars per thousand dollars of assessed property value. For example, a home assessed at $200,000 with a voter approved levy of $2.00 would equal $400 per year in taxes. ($200,000 / $1,000 X 2.00 = $400).

In Ellensburg, our local school levy makes up 17.3% of our total revenue, the state contributes 75.3%, and federal 5.4%. The last 2% of our revenue is driven from local resources donations, grants, fees and fines.

A bond is voter approved debt that funds construction and renovation projects that levies, by law, cannot fund. You can think of a bond like a home mortgage, with long term payoff plans and low interest rates. A bond requires a 60% voter approval and can have a re-payment plan structured up to 40 years.

What are the current enrollment numbers for each elementary school?

Lincoln: 515

Mount Stuart: 496

Valley View: 559

What are the internal capacity numbers for each current elementary building?

Lincoln: 391

Mount Stuart: 352

Valley View: 382

Based on 127 sq/ft per student reflected by modern day class sizes.

What are the major limitations in each building TODAY?

  • Multiple portables need fencing around them for security purposes
  • Cafeteria size is over capacity
  • Food Service Capacity for making meals
  • Specialist schedules adapted (music, library, gym, art about every other week)
  • Playground Size
  • Lack of Gym Space
  • All classroom space has been utilized
  • Closets are being used as classroom space
  • Some teachers must use carts to deliver instruction to students
  • Gym classes are not meeting state requirements for weekly PE class time
  • No air conditioning (Lincoln and Mount Stuart)
  • Crowded playgrounds
  • More people have had to be hired for playground supervision

What are the projections for enrollment over the next few years?

  • Enrollment Increase started with a large kindergarten class during the 2013 -14 school year
  • Since that time kindergarten enrollment continues to come in at 250+ students
  • 17%+ increase in enrollment over the last five years
  • This is an average increase of approximately 30 students per year in comparison to typical enrollment
  • Students continue to transfer into the district at all grade levels

What has been done with the buildings thus far to help the needs of our elementary learners?


Building Configuration

  • Four portable classrooms at Valley View
  • Two portable classrooms at Mt. Stuart
  • Two portable classrooms at Lincoln
  • Converted auxiliary space to classrooms
  • Displaced intervention programs (Title, Highly Capable) for additional classrooms
  • Increased seating capacity in cafeterias

Lincoln Elementary School

  • 4 classroom teachers
  • Additional Intervention Teacher
  • Part time specialist
  • ½ time assistant principal
  • Additional paraprofessional support
  • Incorporated Counselor in Specialist Rotation
  • Adapted Specialist Schedule

Mt. Stuart Elementary School

  • 5 classroom teachers
  • ½ time assistant principal
  • Part Time Specialist
  • Additional Paraprofessional Support
  • Incorporated Counselor in Specialist Rotation
  • Adapted Specialist Schedule

Valley View Elementary

  • 5 Classroom Teachers
  • Assistant Principal
  • Part Time Specialist
  • Additional Paraprofessional Support
  • Math Lab Specialist
  • Incorporated Counselor in Specialist Rotation
  • Adapted Specialist Schedule

Why not just add more portables?

One of the things often forgotten when we add portables to a building is that the common areas of a building (offices, music rooms, counseling, gym, cafeteria, bathrooms) are built for a certain internal capacity. What happens when we add portables, then, is that the internal capacity cannot best meet the needs and the safety of the learners.

Number of current classrooms in portables:

Lincoln: 6

Mount Stuart: 6

Valley View: 10


What has the community involvement been throughout this process?

What is a Developmental Preschool? Is it required?

A Developmental Preschool a service for students with special developmental needs. We are required to have the program and have housed the program at CWU for over 15 years.

How much do we pay in rent to CWU for Developmental Preschool and Excel Alternative High School?

$43,000 per year for both programs.

What does new-in-lieu mean?

That means, in order to capture state resources for the project, we have to take a building out of the traditional K-12 rotation, and build a new building for that purpose.

What is state assistance? How does it apply to this bond process?

We will receive approximately $8,000,000 in state assistance regardless of which option we choose. State assistance helps reduce the tax burden of the voters by supplementing the bond through state funding. This comes with many "strings" attached. The committee discussed this at length; if you'd like to know more, the videos are avaliable.