District Introduces New Proposition


Credit to Te'a Tonnsen

During a board meeting, superintendent Mary Hendricks-Harris, chief communications and community relations officer Matt Deichmann, and chief operations officer Kevin Supple discuss the funding for extracurricular activities if Prop Learn gets passed.

By Hannah Wilson

In an upcoming local election April 3, voters will have the chance to vote on Proposition Learn. Prop Learn is a 48 cent tax levy that would be put toward the betterment of the district, such as more student access to technology, restored funding for extracurricular activities and an increase in staff compensation.

“We know that the quality of the school district has an impact on the quality of the community,” Kevin Supple, chief operating finance officer, said. “I think we all have a responsibility to provide a great public education because it really is the bedrock of our democracy. Helping our kids be well-prepared for the future helps keep the country strong. Families today will soon have their kids working and then the next generation will come along and it is our job to help them out.”

After two failed proposed levies, Proposition Y in 2015 and Proposition Howell in 2016, the District is hopeful that the levy will pass with a simple majority of voters saying “Yes.” The District is encouraging eligible students to vote in favor of the tax levy.

“I think that it’s easy for the schools to always ask for more money,” senior and registered voter Ashley Raster said. “My concern is with where the money is currently spent and what they currently do with it. I think that, until they can prove to the taxpayers that they are distributing their funds appropriately and prioritizing correctly, then that’s when the taxpayers will consider voting yes. Currently, I don’t see how giving more money to the schools will ensure my money is being appropriately spent and handled, so I am apprehensive to give them more to possibly misuse.”

The tax levy would increase the property tax for homes in the district. For example, an owner of a $200,000 home would pay around $15 a month. If Prop Learn were to pass, the District would set the tax rate in September, with those funds beginning to be available in December. Most funds available for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I am hoping [Prop Learn] will pass,” principal Andy Downs said. “Everything that I’ve heard from parents and people I’ve talked to have been very positive. It is definitely my desire that it passes and I think that our community wants us to continue to be able to offer high-quality education and be a leader in the area. I am really hoping that they show up and vote to help pass it.”