The Board of Education has voted unanimously to place two propositions on the April 7, 2020 ballot to accommodate the continued growth of the District, as well as the need for additional staff and wage increases to close the growing gap between the WSD and neighboring districts.
The first proposition will be a $105 million no-tax-increase bond issue to build a new middle school on the same site where the District is currently building a fourth high school, to expand and renovate the District’s three existing middle schools, to address maintenance issues at existing buildings and to purchase items or systems related to school safety across the District.
The second proposition is a $0.49 tax levy to address staffing needs; providing additional positions across the District to support students, improve salaries to help close the gap with neighboring districts and make the WSD competitive in an effort to attract and retain talented staff, and to also ensure the District stays up to date with the latest tools to ensure staff and student safety.
The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state and the latest demographic study suggests the District will add another 5,000 students over the next decade. “The community has supported our efforts to address the growth for many years,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “While we absolutely need to continue to build classroom space, we also need to address the gaps we have in terms of the number of staff members who are supporting students as well as the compensation we provide for those staff members who continue to do more with less as a result of our growth.”
There has not been an increase to the operating levy for salaries and staffing in the past 15 years. “We have done as much as we can with the resources we have at our disposal,” said Dr. Cain. “We have reached the point of where it is no longer working and the growing gap between us and other districts is problematic.” Watch the District website for additional information about both propositions.