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Overview

On November 5, 2019, Mead patrons will be asked to consider a Supplemental Enrichment Levy focused on safety, security and student wellness. Four key areas where portions of the supplemental levy funds will be spent are:
 
1. ADDING - Safety & Security Personnel
Based on recommendations presented to the School Board on June 10, 2019, from the Mead School District Safety & Security Task Force, hire a Safety Director, a Threat Assessment Coordinator and up to five School Security Officers (a portion of Phase I recommendations). Click here to see the four phase Safety & Security Task Force recommendations.
 
2. MAINTAINING - Nurses to Care for Medically Fragile Students
In many areas the Mead School District spends more to support students than what is provided by the state in their prototypical school funding model. One example is nurses. The Mead School District spends ten times more money on nurses than what the state provides. (Our state allocation for nurses is $96,000, which does not even cover the cost -- salary + benefits -- of a 1.0 FTE nurse with 16 years of experience.) This additional nursing staff (cost covered by local levy dollars) allows our medically fragile students to remain at their home schools.
 
3. BRINGING BACK - Building Supervision Para-Educators Lost in recent Budget Cuts
Reinstate elementary school supervision para-educators that were reduced in recent budget cuts. The state's prototypical school funding model provides an average of 8 hours per day of para-educator support for each of our elementary schools. Additional hours needed to cover recess, lunch and before school and after school supervision must be provided via local levy dollars.
 
4. EXPANDING - Learning Opportunities for Non-Traditional Students
Convene a Task Force to make recommendations on how the district can best allocate a portion of Supplemental Levy funds to meet the learning and social-emotional needs of non-tradition students.
 
COST - $1/$1,000 of Assessed Value (Two Year Levy - 2020 & 2021)
$20/month for the average homeowner ($240,000 assessed value)