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1/29/2013 9:57:00 AM
Manson schools ask voters to support two levies
What they fund...
The capital projects levy would:

• Replace the 60-year-old galvanized water pipes in the High School building
• Repair/replace the roof on the High School building
• Reconfigure the High School shop, art and music areas
• Expand the vocational shop, add and update equipment, create a classroom that is connected to the shop
• Expand the music/band room to accommodate growth
• Relocate and improve the art room location
• Address health and safety concerns in both school buildings
• Improve drainage and safety on upper access road to the elementary school
• Replace or improve kitchen equipment, security and the intercom at the high school
• Replace flooring in both Elementary and Middle/High Schools
• Expand and upgrade technology for students
• Upgrade athletic facilities
• Replace deteriorating outdoor lighting on football/soccer field
• Upgrade current track (dirt) to modern (rubber/asphalt) track
• Replace wooden bleachers in "old" gym

The M&O levy would fund:
• Fund maintenance staff, equipment and supplies, utility expenses
• Two teachers, learning materials, advanced/college courses, special education, teacher's assistants, and vocational and arts programs
• Technology - desktop support, student records system, replacing outdated equipment
• Extra-curricular programs
• Food Service program - supplementing state and federal funding
• Transportation - supplementing state funding
(M&O funding makes up about 15 percent of the district's total funding.)

Vince Lovato
Editor

Manson school officials hope voters will support a two-part plan for major improvements to the district's two campuses without raising taxes.
The Manson School Board recently passed resolutions: One for a $3.57 million, 6-year capital projects levy and the second for a $2.3 million, 2-year replacement maintenance-and-operations levy.
Both propositions will be placed on the Feb. 12 ballot and would replace two levies the district will pay off in December.
A district levy committee made of volunteers met monthly for more than a year before making recommendations to the school district trustees, said Superintendent Matt Charlton.
"The list of projects is really more along the lines of 'needs' not 'wants'," Charlton said. "If these pass, the community would still pay essentially the same rate. So it would be a zero tax increase."
One of the high-profile projects would be to reconfigure the music, shop and art rooms. Visitors to the shop class must walk through the art room. And when the shop students need a classroom, they have to walk from one end of the building to the other.
Charlton said the music, arts and shop programs are thriving and need more room and modern equipment.
"(Music teacher) Matt Brown is extremely dedicated and puts a lot of time in and he expects a high level of quality from his students," Charlton said.
The district requires all fifth and sixth graders to take band.
"A lot of those kids take it, love it and love Mr. Brown, and they continue," Charlton said.
But that means Brown needs more room at the secondary campus.
Agriculture and shop teacher Kevin Amsden has aggressively pursued more hands-on, real-world instruction that attracts more students but requires modern equipment and safety rules, Charlton said.
Levy co-chair persons Brett Lamar, Kelly Petersen and Suzy Bennett will help promote the levy.
District officials will host two community meetings regarding the levies at 7 p.m., Jan. 16, at the Manson Grange and 7 p.m., Jan. 24, at Manson Elementary School.
Charlton said he is available to speak at club and community events. Contact Charlton at 509-687-3140 to schedule a time.
For a complete list of projects, see the charts.

Estimated
school taxES
Property value Estimated Tax
$100,000 $299.65
$200,000 $599.30
$300,000 $898.95

Capital Improvement Levy
(Tax rate per $1,000 of property value.)
2013 (current) $1.08
2014-2019 (proposed) $1.03

M&O Levy
(Tax rate per $1,000 of property value.)
2013 (current) $1.91
2014 (proposed) $1.97
2015 (proposed) $2.03

SIDEBAR
The $3.6 million capital projects levy would:
• Replace the 60-year-old galvanized water pipes in the High School building
• Repair/replace the roof on the High School building
• Reconfigure the current High School shop, art and music portion of the building
• Expand the vocational shop, add and update equipment, create a classroom that is connected to the shop
• Expand the music/band room to accommodate growth in program
• Relocate and improve the art room location
• Address health and safety concerns in both school buildings
• Improve drainage and safety on upper access road to the elementary school
• Replace or improve kitchen equipment, security and the intercom at the high school
• Replace flooring in both Elementary and Middle/High Schools
• Expand and upgrade technology for students
• Upgrade athletic facilities
• Replace deteriorating outdoor lighting on football/soccer field
• Upgrade current track (dirt) to modern (rubber/asphalt) track
• Replace wooden bleachers in "old" gym

The $2.3 million M&O levy would fund:
• Maintenance staff, equipment and supplies, utility expenses
• Two teachers, learning materials, advanced/college courses, special education, teacher's assistants, and our vocational and arts programs
• Technology - desktop support, student records system, replacing outdated equipment
• Extra-curricular programs
• Food Service program - supplementing state and federal funding
• Transportation - supplementing state funding
M&O funding makes up about 15 percent of the district's our total funding.






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