At the July 11 regular meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board unanimously voted in favor of placing a capital projects levy renewal question on the November ballot. The capital projects levy contributes significantly to the ability of the District to meet its ongoing and increasing capital needs. The straight renewal of the levy is projected to generate $2,590,309 annually for an additional 10 years beginning in 2024.
The funds will be used in the following ways:
Safety and security: The capital projects levy allows the district to maintain and increase safety and security measures and equipment throughout the district.
Technology and related services: The capital projects levy allows the district to provide classroom technology, software and computers for students. Related services include the maintenance of equipment and technology staff.
Textbooks, curriculum materials and equipment, and musical instruments: The capital projects levy allows the district to purchase textbooks, curriculum materials and equipment, and musical instruments according to our curriculum replacement cycle.
Transportation: The capital projects levy allows the district to purchase buses and vans for student transportation.
“We know our community expects us to deliver a high-quality learning experience for our students, and these funds help us do just that,” said Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak. “Renewing this investment puts a variety of educational tools, from classroom technology to books to musical instruments, into the hands of students. This funding also allows us to address equipment needs in the areas of safety and security, and transportation.”
The tax rate for district property owners will remain unchanged, as this is a straight renewal of an existing levy.
“I appreciate that the district is mindful and is going to keep that rate flat,” said School Board Member Kathleen Daniels. “I also think about how important these areas are to our students and our families in keeping up with technology and how fast that changes, and with safety and security of our buildings which is of utmost importance to students, families and staff.”
Information about the district’s Capital Projects Levy is available on the district’s website at http://www.isd624.org/capitalprojectslevyrenewal.