PACE June 4, 2015 Survey Report to the Board Link
Message From Superintendent Marc Jackson: We are thrilled at the passage of the February 10, 2015 maintenance and operations levy, and of course very disappointed the bond for a new high school did not pass. Please stay tuned for word from the Board on next steps for the high school bond.
Thank you to everyone who worked on this campaign - staff, students, our directors and community members. Many have been involved in this project for years, either as a member of the Long-Range Facilities Task Force or Capital Facilities Committee.
I want to call particular attention to the Port Angeles Citizens for Education (PACE) group whose members went above and beyond in support of our students, schools and community. What tremendous leadership the campaign had with Co-Chairs Steve Methner and Kyle Cronk and their PACE team. So many citizens stepped forward to help with communications, marketing, sign waving, door belling, mailings… From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
February 10, 2015 Election Summary: Final ballots counted for the February 10, 2015 Special Election show the Port Angeles School District two-year maintenance and operations levy passed successfully with results showing 6,153 yes votes and 3,493 no votes for a 63.79% passage rate.
The capital bond to build a new high school and renovate the Performing Arts Center on the Port Angeles High School campus did not pass, receiving a total of 4,782 "approved" votes and 4,844 "rejected" votes.
Approval of the bond required a super-majority of 60% + 1 vote. To validate, 40% of the total number who voted in November 2014 must have voted in the February 2015 election.
Approval of a levy required a simple majority of 50% + 1 vote.
February 10, 2015 Maintenance and Operations Replacement Levy: At its regular Board meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Port Angeles School District Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution No. 1415-08 Maintenance and Operations Levy to be placed on the February 10, 2015 special election ballot. It would renew the current four-year levy which expires at the end of 2015 and would maintain levy funding for the School District for two years through 2017. The ballot projected rate is estimated as $3.26 per $1,000 assessed property value. The amounts requested are $8,637,144 in 2016 and $8,723,516 in 2017.
February 10, 2015 Bond to Construct a New High School: At its regular Board meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Port Angeles School District Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution 1415-07 Bonds to Construct a New High School in the amount of $98,254,000 for a term of 25 years to be placed on the February 10, 2015 special election ballot. The bond allows for construction of a new high school on the existing site to replace Port Angeles High School and renovate the Performing Arts Center.
General Levy & Bond Information
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District representatives are available to share information about the February 10, 2015 bond and levy with your community organization. Please contact Communications and Community Relations Coordinator Tina Smith-O’Hara by phone (360-565-3703) or email to schedule a presentation.