Lakewood School Board authorizes two levy measures for next year's ballot

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood School District Board of Directors approved two resolutions at their Nov. 2 meeting, authorizing two levy measures both slated for the Feb. 14 ballot next year.

The first measure is a replacement school program and operations levy, which will replace the existing school program and operations levy that expires at the end of 2012. This replacement levy will run for another four years, from 2013 through 2016 — and will help fund the day-to-day operations of the school district, providing approximately 20 percent of the district's total operating revenue. This local levy makes up the difference between the state and federal funding the district receives and what it costs to educate Lakewood's students. Examples of programs and services not fully funded by state and federal revenues include curriculum, technology, facility maintenance and upkeep, student transportation, new school buses, student athletics and activities, security and emergency preparedness, health and counseling services, services for students with special needs, staff training, teacher and support staff compensation, and benefits beyond state funding level.

The second measure the Board approved will replace the current technology levy that expires at the end of 2012 and will run for two years, from 2013 through 2015. This capital projects and technology levy will provide funding for modernization and remodeling projects, including increasing energy efficiency by upgrading heating and ventilation systems, re-roofing school buildings, purchasing new portables, repairs on the district stadium and planning modernizations to Lakewood High School. These capital projects levy funds will also be used to continue the district's technology plan by upgrading and maintaining the district's technology infrastructure, replacing and replenishing technology equipment, and technology upgrades and instructional tools for classrooms, students, and staff.

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