School board asks continued support on M&O

From the Boundary County School District 101 Board:

There is an important Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy election on Tuesday, November 3. Boundary County School District #101 is requesting a renewal of the current levy amount of $2.4 million annually for two years.

We are excited to let you know, the M&O is a replacement levy. Being a replacement levy means we are not asking for a change in the tax obligation to the schools. It is the same levy you normally vote on in March.

Your school board believes strongly in being fiscally responsible and good stewards of tax dollars; therefore, the district made a conscientious decision not to raise the dollar amount.

Over the last month, business manager Cal Bateman and superintendent Jan Bayer made multiple presentations around the community, speaking to Rotary, Boundary County Commissioners and the Bonners Ferry City Council. They gave a community-wide presentation at Bonners Ferry High School and presentations were at each school.

The M&O levy dollars help close the gap between state and federal funding and the actual cost to educate and provide activities to our students.

The local M&O Levy funds 21-percent of our general fund budget. M&O dollars help fund safety and security projects, smaller class sizes, staff salaries and benefits, professional development, instructional materials, technology, facilities maintenance, transportation, extra and co-curricular activities and electives at all grade levels.

To read more on what the M&O Levy provides for county students, click here.

Please make you voice heard, and please vote “yes” for this years replacement M&O Levy. Thank you for your continued support!