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Levy Information

2021 Replacement Levy Information
The Cheney School District Board of Directors has authorized two ballot measures for the February 9, 2021 election. Proposition No.1 - Replacement Educational Programs and Operation Levy and Proposition No. 2 Replacement Capital Projects Levy.   If you have any questions regarding the proposed ballot measures, please contact Superintendent Rob Roettger by emailing rroettger@cheneysd.org or by calling (509) 559-4502.
  
January 10, 2021      Military and overseas ballots  mailed 
 
January 20, 2021      EP&O and Capital Levy Information Webinar
                                   6:00 p.m.
                                  https://cheneysd.zoom.us/j/81388210591?pwd=RzR1L1dXM2FRdE9YTVNLR2RycFhSUT09
                                              Webinar ID: 813 8821 0591          Passcode: 976614          Call in: 1-253-215-8782
January 22, 2021      Ballots Mailed - Voting Period Begins 
 
January 26, 2021      EP&O and Capital Levy Information Webinar
                                   6:00 p.m.
                                  https://cheneysd.zoom.us/j/88456936465?pwd=VkgvWTJXZHoxb0VwbGpWMjk3VE5ZUT09
                                            Webinar ID: 884 5693 6465          Passcode: 976614          Call in: 1-253-215-8782
 
February 1, 2021      Last day to register to vote online or via mail 
 
February 9, 2021      Election Day
What is a school levy?
  • School levies support essential programs, staff, and services that provide a quality education for our students. 
  • The educational program and operation levy is a way for our community and district to provide a well-rounded education for students by funding support for students with special needs, critical health and wellness services, and funding for extracurricular activities.  
  • The 2021 levy is not a new tax rather a replacement of the expiring 2018 levy.
 
What Does the Educational Programs and Operation (EP&O) Levy Support? 
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities 
  • Substitutes
  • Staffing Above the Prototypical School Model
    • In 19-20 we were funded for 289.95 Certificated Staff - CSD employed 368.13 
    • Nurses – we are state funded for .8 of a Nurse District Wide - CSD employs 5 full time
    • Psychologists – we are state funded for .13 of a Psychologist District Wide
    • Custodians – we are state  funded for 21.45 FTE District Wide – CSD employs over 40 custodians
    • Paraeducators – we are state funded for 8.86 FTE District Wide  
  • Other enrichment activities 
 
What Does the Capital Projects Levy Support? 
  • Technology 
  • Safety and Security Improvements
  • Capital Improvements, including but not limited to:
    • Boiler replacements
    • Tennis Court Resurfacing
    • Heat Exchangers
 
Why Is the District Running a Levy Now? 
  • The current levy expires at the end of 2021
  • A levy must be voter approved before it can be included in the District's Annual Budget (board approved in June each year)
  • The levy and local effort assistance combined are approximately 11% of the overall district budget. 
  • Cheney Public Schools is on a three-year EP&O levy cycle. The last EP&O levy election was in 2018. 
 
What About Tax Exemptions?
  • Senior citizens and disabled persons may qualify for tax exemptions. For more information contact the Spokane County Assessor's Office at 509-477-3698 or the Whitman County Assessor's Office at 509-397-6220.