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  • Music is playing for this and the Did You Know? slides
  • On April 23 rd , an election will be held for a 4 year replacement levy for Battle Ground Public Schools. Ballots will arrive by mail the first week of April.
  • Battle Ground Public Schools receive most of their education funding from state and federal sources. Even though the state is constitutionally required to provide ample funding for education through a general and uniform system of public schools, state funding is not enough to provide the quality of education expected from Battle Ground students. It is necessary to ask local voters to make up the difference. The replacement levy which would begin in January 2014 will help provide funding for…
  • More than 90 certificated teachers which allows class sizes to remain small enough for students to benefit from personalized instruction.
  • Assistant principals, who provide instructional leadership, supervision of personnel and safety monitoring for all Battle Ground schools.
  • Classified personnel – Secretaries, media assistants and support staff
  • The levy also funds the $__________ budget shortfall from the state to pay for daily transportation of students.
  • Levy funding pays for rigorous and relevant curricular materials.
  • It pays some fees for students who, due to financial issues, would be unable to participate in activities such as band, jazz choir, sports and drama.
  • State and federal sources do not completely pay for the services required for our diverse student population. In Battle Ground Schools, all students are expected to succeed and excel socially and academically.
  • Battle Ground students are talented and creative. Levy funding allows them to develop those talents and become well-rounded citizens.
  • Reading and math interventionists provide accelerated instruction for students experiencing difficulty learning.
  • The levy also funds librarians and the purchases of media materials.
  • And programs for students learning English.
  • It pays for technology and upgrades which prepare our students to be 21 st century citizens.
  • Maintenance and custodial services
  • School nurses and counselors who care for students’ physical and emotional needs and assist them in planning their post-graduation opportunities.
  • Finally, the levy funds safety officers and safety patrol personnel, who play a crucial role in keeping our students safe.
  • So, how much will the levy cost?
  • In 2014, the projected levy rate per $1000 is $4.49. For homes valued at $200,000, the cost is $898 per year.
  • In 2015, the projected levy rate per $1000 is $4.52. For homes valued at $200,000, the cost is $904 per year.
  • In 2016, the projected levy rate per $1000 is $4.51. For homes valued at $200,000, the cost is $902 per year.
  • In 2017, the projected levy rate per $1000 is $4.46. For homes valued at $200,000, the cost is $892 per year.
  • The current levy expires in December of this year. The election on April 23 rd will allow voters to decide whether to replace that levy with a new levy which would begin in January 2014. This new levy will cost homeowners approximately $4 to $6 more per month than the current levy, depending on the value of their home.
  • Battle Ground Public Schools strive to be good fiscal stewards. According to Mike McAlexander, an expense reduction analyst, “The staff is to be commended for its proactive and aggressive approach to maintaining a low-cost operation.”
  • We accomplish this through the use of energy efficiency strategies to reduce utility costs, recycling on all campuses, auto shut downs for technology and efforts to reduce paper waste. Teachers and leaders actively seek grants for special projects.
  • This is an important decision for voters. If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Lynn or visit the Battle Ground website at battlegroundps.org. For specifics on cost for your home, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer.
  • Please vote by mail on or before April 22 nd . On election day, April 23 rd , ballot drop boxes will be available at Battle Ground High School; Glenwood Heights Primary School; Pleasant Valley Middle School, Yacolt Primary and at Battle Ground City Hall. Thank you.
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    • 1. Battle Ground Public Schools Since 1909 - Preparingour children to succeedin the next step of their lives.
    • 2. Did YouKnow? Battle Ground Public Schools educate Battle Ground Public Schools educate over 12,800 students each year. over 12,800 students each year.
    • 3. Did YouKnow? Every day, 113 school buses fan out Every day, 113 school buses fan out across the 271 square mile district across the 271 square mile districtto safely deliver about 7,300 studentsto safely deliver about 7,300 students to and from school. to and from school.The buses travel 10,170 miles each day.The buses travel 10,170 miles each day.
    • 4. Did YouKnow? Over 69% of Battle Ground teachers Over 69% of Battle Ground teachers Have earned a Master’s degree. Have earned a Master’s degree. Battle Ground Public Schools is the Battle Ground Public Schools is the largest local employer. largest local employer.
    • 5. Did YouKnow? Battle Ground Public Battle Ground Public Schools’ graduation rate Schools’ graduation rate tops the state average tops the state average at 83.7%. at 83.7%.
    • 6. Did YouKnow? Battle Ground students increased the Battle Ground students increased the passing percentages on state passing percentages on state assessments (MSP/HSPE) for the past assessments (MSP/HSPE) for the past two years in reading, writing, two years in reading, writing, math and science. math and science.
    • 7. Did YouKnow?BGPS consistently has schools named asBGPS consistently has schools named asWashington State Schools of Distinction.Washington State Schools of Distinction.Battle Ground High School and CAM wereBattle Ground High School and CAM were recently named “A+ Schools”. recently named “A+ Schools”.
    • 8. Did YouKnow? BGPS has accomplished all of this with BGPS has accomplished all of this with over $20 MILLION over $20 MILLIONin budget cuts from the state in the past in budget cuts from the state in the past three years. three years.
    • 9. Battle Ground Public Schools Levy Election April 23, 2013 April 23, 2013
    • 10. How are Battle Ground Schools funded? 5% of the budget 2% of the budget 2% of the budget comes from state levy comes from local comes from local equalization support support22% of the budget comes from the 71% of school local levy funding comes from the state and federal sources
    • 11. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? 90+ Teachers 90+ Teachers
    • 12. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Assistant Principals Assistant Principals
    • 13. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Classified Personnel Classified Personnel
    • 14. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Transportation – Budget Shortfall Budget Shortfall
    • 15. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For?Textbooks and InstructionalTextbooks and Instructional Materials Materials
    • 16. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Extracurricular Activities Extracurricular Activities
    • 17. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Special Education -- Special Education Budget Shortfall Budget Shortfall
    • 18. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Music and Art Programs Music and Art Programs
    • 19. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Reading and Math Reading and Math Interventionists Interventionists
    • 20. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For?Librarians and Media MaterialsLibrarians and Media Materials
    • 21. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For?English as a Second Language ProgramEnglish as a Second Language Program Budget Shortfall Budget Shortfall
    • 22. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Technology Technology
    • 23. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For?Maintenance and CustodialMaintenance and Custodial Services Services
    • 24. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Nurses and Counselors Nurses and Counselors
    • 25. What Does the Levy Pay For?What Does the Levy Pay For? Safety Officers and Patrols Safety Officers and Patrols
    • 26. How much will the levy cost?
    • 27. Year Levy Amount Projected Annual Tax for Rate per $1000 Average Home ($200,000)2014 $ 24,420,000. $ 4.49 $898.00/year All amounts are based on a home valued at $ 200,000.00
    • 28. Year Levy Amount Projected Annual Tax for Rate per $1000 Average Home ($200,000)2015 $ 25,350,000. $ 4.52 $904.00/year All amounts are based on a home valued at $ 200,000.00
    • 29. Year Levy Amount Projected Annual Tax for Rate per $1000 Average Home ($200,000)2016 $ 26,300,000. $ 4.51 $902.00/year All amounts are based on a home valued at $ 200,000.00
    • 30. Year Levy Amount Projected Annual Tax for Rate per $1000 Average Home ($200,000) 2017 $ 27,250,000. $ 4.46 $892.00/year All amounts are based on a home valued at $ 200,000.00
    • 31. The current Battle Ground levy ends December 2013.The new replacement levy will take effect January 2014.For a $200,000 home this will be an increase of about $4 a month starting in January 2014.
    • 32. Battle Ground Public Schools strive to be fiscally responsible… According to Mike McAlexander, Expense Reduction Analyst… “The staff is to be commended for its proactive and aggressive approach to maintaining a low-cost operation.”
    • 33. Battle Ground Public Schools strive to be fiscally responsible… Energy Efficiency Strategies Recycling – All campuses Automatic shut down for technology Reducing paper waste Grant Writing
    • 34. Questions about the levy… Contact: Mary Beth Lynnlynn.marybeth@battlegroundps.org 360-885-5311 www.battlegroundps.org Clark County Treasurer: www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer
    • 35. Battle Ground Public Schools Levy Election April 23, 2013Watch for ballots arrivingWatch for ballots arriving by mail in early April. by mail in early April. Please vote by mail no Please vote by mail no later than April 22nd. later than April 22nd. (in order to be postmarked by 4/23) (in order to be postmarked by 4/23)Ballot boxes available only on April 23rd at:Ballot boxes available only on April 23rd at:Battle Ground High School; Glenwood Heights Primary; PleasantBattle Ground High School; Glenwood Heights Primary; PleasantValley Middle School; Yacolt Primary and Battle Ground City HallValley Middle School; Yacolt Primary and Battle Ground City Hall