Victory in 2011

On November 8th, 2011 there was an important vote for the Westonka schools. We were asked to renew a levy, pass (2) maintenance bonds, and elect (4) school board members. The levy and both maintenance bonds passed.

Operating Levy (Ballot Question 1):

  • Westonka currently has three operating levies. This election asked voters to renew the levy that expires in 2012 for ten more years, which passed. This operating levy provides $1,640,095 ($573 per pupil), which is nearly 7% of the current $24,100,000 annual operating budget.
  • This is a no-tax-increase renewal that simply continues funding levels previously approved by voters.
  • Approval of the levy helps provide financial stability, enabling the district to maintain its commitment to strong educational programs that deliver results.

Maintenance Bonds:

The goal is to provide a safe and appropriate learning environment in which our students can learn and the district’s staff can teach. To support that goal, the following bond proposals were developed, and both were approved by voters on November 8th, 2011:

  • Question 2: This is a $23.3 million maintenance bond to fund deferred maintenance of all district buildings, such as roofs, parking lots and mechanical/electrical systems. Estimated tax impact on a $300,000 home is $9/month.
  • Question 3: This is a $6.6 million maintenance bond to fund additional improvements to the learning environment, safety and accessibility. It will fund needed improvements to bathrooms, locker rooms, kitchens, playgrounds and building security. Estimated tax impact on a $300,000 home is $4.50/month

School Board:

We elected four school board members on November 8th: David Botts, Ann Bremer, David Bond, and Ralph Harrison.

Facts from the Westonka Referendum page.