District staff have done an excellent job of compiling resources and FAQ’s for our community. Additionally, in partnership with community volunteers district staff are presenting to local groups on a near daily basis. If you haven’t had the chance to see a presentation in person or view materials online, we encourage you to visit the school district website where you will find detailed info.
Below are a few key basics about the Port Angeles School Levy.
WHAT IS A CAPITAL PROJECTS LEVY?
A Capital Projects Levy is a short-term, voter-approved measure that provides funding for modernization and/or replacement of school buildings. A Capital Projects Levy will help the District begin to address some facilities projects in smaller steps. A Capital Projects Levy has no interest payments and requires a simple majority of voters.
WHY IS THIS LEVY NEEDED?
Most of our schools are 60-70 years old. In this time technology, utility systems, best practices for design, and safety regulations have changed dramatically. Great maintenance has extended the use of our buildings decades beyond their expected service lives. Now, fundamental structures and systems are the issue, not maintenance. Our outdated infrastructure has become increasingly difficult to repair, creates safety management burdens, and negates our ability to use modern technology to train our students for the workforce of tomorrow.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 2020 CAPITAL PROJECTS LEVY?
This levy will help launch a long term 30-year upgrade and accountability plan lined out by the Port Angeles School District that will begin with Stevens Middle School and will be approached in phases.
• Phase one: 37,000 square feet of new construction at the middle school to include 18 new classrooms, new athletic fields, expansion of PE and cafeteria space, new music room, new restrooms, expanded parking and a new student drop off area.
• Phase two: Modernization of the existing Stevens structure. This will be a complete remodel down to the concrete slab. At the completion, there will be 109,000 square feet to accommodate 930 students.
• Beyond Stevens: All elementary schools will be modified for a safety vestibule which will make for controlled access to our schools. Also, the Monroe fields will be constructed for District and community use.
WHAT WILL THE LEVY COST?
Folks are rightfully concerned about how much this community investment will cost. Check out the chart below to get a better sense of the overall investment you will be making to support our community future through the combined levies. Based on community feedback and district cut-backs, this levy has a combined local levy rate that is lower than past proposals. A 30-year, performance-based plan will keep rates consistent, while making desperately needed upgrades to strengthen our schools.