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District News - January 2017

At the December board meeting, the school board passed resolutions to run a replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy (M&O) and a new Technology/Safety Levy on the February ballot before Cascade voters. 

Below is an “FAQ” to help our voters with questions about school finance and levies:

HOW DO PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR OPERATIONS?

Public schools receive funding from six sources:
  • State allocations based on per student enrollment    55%
  • State funding for special programs                            15%
  • Federal funding for special programs                          7%
  • Local M&O voted levies                                            20%
  • Fee collection for programs and food services           3%

M&O LEVY (Proposition #1)

WE JUST PASSED A LARGE BOND IN 2015, WHY IS THE DISTRICT ASKING FOR MONEY FOR MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS?
Great question! The bond that passed in 2015 was specifically to build and/or modernize three schools in the district: Cascade High School, Alpine Lakes Elementary, and Peshastin-Dryden Elementary. 

Legally a bond can only be used for construction, modernization, or upgrades to buildings – not the maintenance and operation of those buildings.  Levy funds are used for the day-to-day maintenance and operating costs and may also be used for a wide variety of program and instructional purposes.

Bonds are for buildings and levies are for learning.

I THOUGHT WE JUST PASSED A FOUR-YEAR M&O LEVY SEVERAL YEARS AGO. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS AGAIN?
Yes, the M&O was passed by our voters four years ago and will expire at the end of 2017. This is a replacement levy and not a new tax.

The M&O Levy in our district pays for:
1) OPERATIONS

  • Additional teachers and instructional assistants to keep class sizes smaller
  • Art and music programs
  • Learning improvement
  • Extra-curricular programs
  • Food services
  • Deputy resource officer
  • Additional counselors

2)  MAINTENANCE 

  • Maintenance of all grounds (playfields and sports fields)
  • Maintenance of all facilities
  • Additional grounds and custodial personnel
Levy Items  
 

Levies and bonds approve a dollar amount and never increase without a vote of the people regardless of how much your property value increases.

THE STATE LEGISLATURE NOW ALLOWS DISTRICTS TO RUN M&O LEVIES FOR  28% OF THEIR OPERATING BUDGET. WHY IS CASCADE’s BELOW THAT PERCENTAGE?
Maintaining at a lower rate would prevent the need to layoff staff and reduce programs should the legislature roll the levy lid back.


TECHOLOGY/SAFETY LEVY (Proposition #2)

THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED A TECHNOLOGY LEVY SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I THOUGHT WE ALREADY BOUGHT ALL THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS NECESSARY?
The voters approved a technology levy in 2012 to purchase wireless access equipment for all schools, networking equipment, upgraded servers, creating computer labs, new desktop/laptop computers for teachers, and iPads for students at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary.tech levy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The infrastructure is in place and running properly.  Most of the technology will be moved into the new schools when they are completed.  However, the computers that were purchased are now 4-5 years old and out of warranty.  Experts generally agree that the average life expectancy of a computer is 3-5 years.  Computers are an essential part of everyday life at Cascade School District schools for curriculum, research, teacher instruction, teaching safe internet practices, and keyboarding skills.  All required state testing is now done on computers even though this technology is unfunded by the state.

WHAT KIND OF SAFETY TECHNOLOGY WILL THE LEVY PURCHASE FOR OUR SCHOOLS?
For the safety of our students and security of our schools, the new buildings will have access controlled locks, lockdown hardware and software, cellular amplifiers, and recording surveillance cameras.  In order to upgrade Beaver Valley, Discovery, and Icicle River Middle School with the same systems as the new schools, a small portion of the technology/safety levy dollars will be used for this purpose.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS TECHNOLOGY/SAFETY LEVY COST ME?
The technology/safety levy will generate $350,000 annually and may only be spent on technology, software, IT personnel, and training for staff. The taxpayers of our district will pay $.15/$1,000 of assessed property value. A property value of $350,000 will pay $4.38/month or $52.50/year. For a complete levy explanation and taxation table please access our website at www.cascadesd.org/Page/1542.

WILL I RECEIVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION BEFORE ELECTION DAY?
Yes, additional fliers will be sent by mail with detailed information regarding the two levies that will be on the ballot in February. Ballots will arrive by mail on or around January 27, 2017.  If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Community page or phone our Superintendent, Bill Motsenbocker at 548-5885.

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STUDENT DATA VERIFICATION - ALL STUDENTS / ALL BUILDINGS

This is new this year in Family Access. The parent/guardian clicks on the "Student Data Verification" in family access for each of their currently enrolled students.  This is where you update or verify your mailing address, phone numbers, emails, etc.  You can also fill out the FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION ON LINE HERE!!  

Once you fill out information for one of your students and complete the step, the relevant information automatically populates into your other students.  Complete all of the steps (green check mark shows) and finish.  Free and Reduced lunch application information will then appear under "food service" on this same family access area.  Once the application is approved or declined, you will see it appear on "food service" tab, upper right side under "applications".
 
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MAKING PAYMENTS ONLINE - HOW TO
Our families now have the ability to pay for fees (any sports participation fees, ASB cards, yearbooks, and food services, etc) online through family access!  You can do this anytime.  There is a $1.75 convenience fee per “cart”.  

  1. Family access can be found on the district website at www.cascadesd.org, right side under “Quick Links”

  2. Log in (get your login and password from your school building office if you don’t have it).

  3. All of your children should appear on one page. You can purchase for all of your children here.

  4. On the left side, click “Fee Management”.

  5. This should bring up the fee management page.  Click “add a fee” at your students account.

  6. At the bottom of the page you can choose the fee(s) that you would like to add – VERY IMPORTANT – click on DISPLAY FEES and check ALL OF THE BOXES, then SAVE.  This brings up ALL sports for the year.  Add as many as are applicable or that you wish to pay at this time.  Hit the back button at top right and you will see these fees then populate under your students’name.  Then go to your next student and do the same steps.  There is a family sports fee cap of $200 per family for CHS & IRMS - the system will automatically adjust when your purchase is over $200.

  7. Once you have finished adding all the fees to all of your students (including food service).  Now click “make a payment”. At this screen you update the payment amount for fees and you can also make a payment for food services (make sure you use “update payment amount” on each of these for each student). At any time if you make a mistake you can “empty the cart”.  Once you have finished with updating the amounts – you will then end up at the screen asking you to Update the cart (you will see a total line next to this button).

  8. At this point, you should have all amounts ready (fees and food service) to go for all of your students.  Click the button at the top “Pay with Vendor”.

  9.  If you have already made a previous payment on line (food service) – all of your credit card and account information will be in the system and you just click through to the end.  If not, you will need to type in and create an account along with a credit/debit card you wish to use (don’t forget an email too so the program can email a receipt to you).  
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Online Athletic Registration is now available for high school and middle school athletes.    

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