The Maintenance and Operations Levy Supports Kids!
As you became aware through the McCleary action, the state had not fully funded educator salaries and many aspects of basic education. With the social and emotional needs of our students, the state also woefully underfunds certain staffing categories that our students and members rely upon for support. The levy helps fill the gap to fund essential services and community priorities. Please be aware that the following state funding levels are currently in place to serve 24,000 students in 37 buildings…
District wide statistics for state funded positions.
Family Engagement (FCRCs): 2.5
School Safety (DROs): 4.25
The district has also historically relied on levy funds for teachers and support staff, Special Education, custodial services, subs in every employment category as well as all supplemental pay beyond the base salary for student enrichment activities (TRI, extended school year, Appendix E, etc.). Sports, extracurricular and intramural activities are also funded by the levy!! For more information please visit https://vansd.org/levy/
There’s also a Technology Levy on the February 12th ballot! If approved by voters, the technology levy would not be a new tax; it would renew the existing tech levy that expires in 2019. The tech levy would provide training for teachers to educate students on the skills required for success on the job. It also would maintain or renew iPads and laptops for students for the next six years (through 2025). The state basic education funding is not sufficient to meet the community’s level of expectation for students who are fully prepared for their future careers.
Please remember to vote!