As the date approaches for the renewal decision on the Elma School District's existing levy, it's important for our community to have clear, factual information. This message aims to provide an understanding of the replacement levy set for the ballot on February 14, 2024.
Elma, WA: Exciting News! Superintendent Nesmith is shining bright in the education spotlight. This month he is featured in the National School Superintendents Association's article on Mastery-Based Learning. His dedication to excellence, innovative leadership, and unwavering commitment to student success have earned him this well-deserved recognition. Chris, your passion for education is an inspiration to us all!
Elma, WA - Dec 1, 2023 - We want to share important information about the EP&O Replacement Levy. This is about the funding vote happening on February 13, 2024.
Purpose of the EP&O Replacement Levy
The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Replacement Levy is a crucial component of school funding, pivotal for maintaining and enhancing the quality of education within a school district. Unlike a new tax, the EP&O Replacement Levy is a renewal of an existing levy that voters have previously approved. Its primary purpose is to support essential operational expenses of a school district that state and federal funding do not fully cover.
This includes, but is not limited to, costs associated with day-to-day operations such as teacher and staff salaries, educational materials, extracurricular activities, and various student programs. The term "replacement" signifies that the levy is replacing an expiring levy, ensuring that the district continues to receive necessary funds without interruption. By voting on an EP&O Replacement Levy, community members decide whether to continue this essential support for their local schools, directly impacting the quality of education and resources available to students.
Elma, WA (November 2, 2023) — The Washington Association of Maintenance and Operations Administrators (WAMOA), alongside state legislators and education facility experts, embarked on an extensive tour of Elma High School and Elma Elementary School on Thursday, November 2, as part of a statewide initiative to evaluate educational infrastructure. This visit, featuring representatives such as Rep. Jim Walsh and Rep. Joel McEntire, underscored the pressing requirements of the Elma School District's facilities amidst increasing enrollment and the phasing out of aging portables.
During the visit to Elma High School, stakeholders were given an in-depth look at the school's current condition, highlighting areas that may necessitate replacement and could feature in future facility issues. A walk through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Shops and Physical Education spaces also included the weight room, intriguingly shared with the CTE Shop Classrooms, exemplifying the need for thoughtful reevaluation of space utilization.
Elma, WA: Elma School District has been hard at work over the past two years developing a comprehensive Long Range Facilities plan to address the growing concerns of student enrollment. A glance at the OSPI Student Report Card reveals that student numbers have risen to 1,697 in the 2022-23 academic year, compared to a pre-Covid high of 1,605 students in 2019-20. This upward trend is projected to continue, prompting immediate action from the district.