Local funding for our schools
The state provides most, but not all (approximately 67 percent in 2013) of the total dollars necessary to maintain basic education. The federal government provides additional funding. Local levy dollars make up the shortfall (approximately 19 percent of the district’s budget).
In February 2013 voters approved two levy measures:
Technology levy — to upgrade computers and provide technology tools for all students in grades K-12 for six years: 2014 through 2019.
Levy measures need a 50 percent majority of “yes” votes to pass. The Feb. 2013 maintenance and operations (M & O) levy passed with 65.91%, and the technology levy passed with 62.42% “yes” votes.
Vancouver Public Schools has a long history of voter support. Levies provide money for maintenance and operations of school; bond sales support capital construction of facilities. Voters have approved levy measures for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) every year since 1964. Three bond measures (authorized by voters in 1990, 1994 and 2001) funded $370 million in local and state matching funds for 31 school construction projects. The most recent of those projects was Eisenhower Elementary School completed in 2006.