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Supplemental education and operations levy facts | Español | Русский | Chuukese

Supplemental education and operations levy facts

1. If approved by voters, the supplemental levy for education and operations would maintain current levels of programs and services in VPS.
2. The new levy would supplement the educations and operations levy passed in 2019.
3. The levy would pay for locally funded teacher positions that maintain smaller class sizes.
4. All schools in the district would benefit from the levy.
5. The levy would help schools continue to improve student achievement and graduation rates.
6. Without revenue provided by a supplemental levy, the district would face shortfalls that require budget cuts and layoffs.
7. Supplemental levy collection would begin in 2021.
8. The estimated rates per thousand are:

  • 43 cents in 2021
  • 41 cents in 2022
  • 40 cents in 2023

9. If voters approve the supplemental levy, the 2021 rate combined with the current educations and operations levy would be $1.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
10. The supplemental levy will appear on the ballot in the special election on Feb. 11, 2020.

Información importante sobre la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria para programas educativos y operaciones

1. Si es aprobada por los votantes, la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria para programas educativos y operaciones mantendría los niveles actuales de programas y servicios en el Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” o “VPS”, por sus siglas en inglés).
2. La nueva recaudación de impuestos complementaría la recaudación de impuestos para programas educativos y operaciones aprobada en 2019.
3. La recaudación de impuestos pagaría por los puestos de maestros financiados localmente y que mantienen salones con un número reducido de estudiantes.
4. Todas las escuelas de distrito se beneficiarían de esta recaudación de impuestos.
5. La recaudación de impuestos ayudaría a las escuelas a continuar mejorando el aprovechamiento estudiantil y el índice de graduación de la preparatoria.
6. Sin los ingresos de la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria, el distrito escolar se enfrentaría a déficits que requieren recortes presupuestarios y despidos.
7. La recaudación de impuestos suplementaria comenzaría en 2021.
8. Se estima que las tasas de interés por cada mil dólares son:

  • $0.43 en 2021
  • $0.41 en 2022
  • $0.40 en 2023

9. Si los votantes aprueban la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria, la tasa de 2021 combinada con la tasa actual de educación y operaciones sería de $ 1.95 por $ 1,000 del valor tasado de la propiedad.
10. La recaudación de impuestos suplementaria se presentará en la boleta de las elecciones especiales del 11 de febrero de 2020.

Факты о дополнительном налоговом сборе в поддержку образования и деятельности школ

1. Если данный дополнительный налоговый сбор в поддержку образования и деятельности школ будет одобрен избирателями, это поможет сохранить программы и услуги на уровне, предоставляемом Ванкуверским школьным районом (VPS) в настоящее время.
2. Новое налогообложение дополнит налоговый сбор в поддержку образования и деятельности школ, одобренный голосующими в 2019 году.
3. Этот налоговый сбор сможет оплачивать финансируемые за счёт местных средств ставки учителей, которые помогают уменьшить число учеников в классах.
4. Этот налоговый сбор принесёт пользу всем школам района.
5. Этот налоговый сбор поможет школам продолжить работу по повышению успеваемости и процента выпускников.
6. Без фондов, предоставляемых дополнительным налоговым сбором, наш школьный район столкнётся с дефицитом, что потребует сокращения бюджета и увольнения сотрудников.
7. Дополнительный налоговый сбор начнётся в 2021 году.
8. Расчётные расценки на тысячу долларов:

  • $0.43 в 2021 году
  • $0.41 в 2022 году
  • $0.40 в 2023 году

9. Если избиратели одобрят данный дополнительный налоговый сбор, в 2021 году общий уровень налогообложения, включая собираемый в настоящее время налог в поддержку образования и деятельности школ, составит $1.95 на $1000 долларов оценённой стоимости недвижимости.
10. Дополнительный налоговый сбор будет включён в бюллетень для голосования на специальных выборах, которые состоятся 11 февраля 2020 года.

Sópwósópwun Mwooniyen Education Me Óótóóten Mwooniyen Takisis

1. Iká pwe ei túngor e ketiw meren chón vote iwe ei minafén mwoonien takises epwe nó ngeni ach kei prokram mi ánisi ach kei sukkunen nón Vancouver Public Schools.
2. Ei minafén mwoonien takises epwe ne fiis pwe sópwósópwun áninisin sukkun me mwékútúkútún angangen sukkun.
3. Ei mwoonien takises mi pwan toongeni ánisi sense ren ar repwe ékúkkúnáátiw angaang iká ápwénúúwetáyi aar angaang ngeni chón sukuun nón class.
4. Ei mwoonien takises epwe ánisi meinisin ach kei sukkun nón ei district.
5. Ei mwoonien takises mi pwan toongeni ánisi chón sukuun ne kunekun iká ánisi ngenir “Rates” reen ar repwe sochungiyo.
6. Iká esapw pwúnún ei mwoonien takises, neman epwe kisikiisinó niwinin sense me kkatowuun chon angang nón ach eyi District.
7. Tttupwuffengenin ach ei mwoonien takises epwe pwopwuuwotá nón 2021.
8. Ach wúrúúr wón ei mwooni ren peekin rate:

  • $0.43 nón 2021
  • $0.41 nón 2022
  • $0.40 nón 2023

9. Iká pwe ei minafén “SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY” (mwoonien takises) e ketiw meren chón vote iwe ena rate epwe kapach ngeni ei rate iei reen ”OPERATIONS LEVY”. Wukúúkún mwoonien ena rate ina epwe $1.95 per $1,000.00 wón “PROPERTY VALUE” (mééméén iimw iká fénu ena sukuun e nóm wón.)
10. Ráánin wúttúút epwe fiis fan Fapeweri 11, 2020.

Vancouver Public Schools is committed to improving student disciplinary practices

Vancouver Public Schools is taking steps to examine and refine its disciplinary policies and practices after a 2018-19 investigation by the Washington state attorney general’s office identified disproportionate outcomes. The investigation, for which the district appears to have been randomly selected based on the attorney general’s office review of statewide discipline data, included a review of 2014-15 data compiled by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The attorney general’s office found that VPS, like a number of other districts, suspended or expelled students at a rate higher than the state average. The review also concluded that the district’s practices disproportionately affect black/African-American, Native American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students, as well as students with disabilities.

No complaint was submitted in regard to VPS’ disciplinary policies and practices. Other state offices of attorneys general have conducted similar inquiries of public school districts and reached similar resolutions.

“We have focused on promoting safe and supportive learning environments as a major component of our district’s strategic plan since it was adopted in 2008,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. He affirmed that VPS will sustain its efforts to improve. “We appreciate the state attorney general and his staff for highlighting these areas,” he said. “Like many districts, Vancouver is working to improve student discipline and exclusionary practices to be more equitable.”

The district provides a framework to address the academic and behavioral support needs of each student. Initiatives already underway include:

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Restorative practices and re-engagement plans
  • Response to Intervention (a process used by educators to help students who are struggling with a skill or lesson)
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Culturally aware practices
  • Family engagement
  • Community partnerships, including mental health service providers

Per the terms of a resolution agreement with the attorney general’s office, VPS additionally has retained the services of Daniel Losen and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Losen is a nationally recognized expert in the specialized area of assisting school districts to improve discipline policies and practices based on research. Losen will conduct an extensive review of the district’s records to ensure that disciplinary, suspension and due process practices are effectively implemented in a nondiscriminatory manner, and he will monitor progress for three school years.

The district already has demonstrated these positive outcomes:

  • A reduction of more than 40% in the exclusion rate for black/African-American students from 2013 to 2017
  • A reduction of 26% in the exclusion rate for students with disabilities
  • An overall decrease in the rate of exclusions from 7.1% in 2013 to 5.4% in 2017, supported by a five-year federal grant to implement restorative practices
  • VPS composition index for exclusionary discipline is well below the state index for both black/African-American and students with a disability (see Appendix A)

“We will address, as a system, the complicated factors involved in fairly imposing student corrective action without unintended discriminatory outcomes,” said Webb. “We are committed to refining our policies and practices to be appropriate and equitable. Our students, their families, our staff and our community deserve it.”

Welcome to #TeamVPS

In the past few months, we welcomed the following brand-new certificated employees to the district. These new staff members will perform a variety of crucial roles related to teaching, counseling, administration and special services.

Elementary

  • Kimberley Astle, fifth-grade teacher, Hazel Dell Elementary
  • Sara Bergthold, special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Kelsey Bristow, behavior specialist, Ogden Elementary
  • Mary Brown, special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Jacquelyn Buechel, special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Sarah Cherry, special education teacher, Minnehaha Elementary
  • Camille Duez, special education teacher, Lincoln Elementary
  • Pamela D’Zurilla, special education teacher, Sacajawea Elementary
  • Isaiah Ephraim, fourth-grade teacher, Minnehaha Elementary
  • Jordyn Geenty, fourth-grade teacher, Eisenhower Elementary
  • Erica Godell, second-grade teacher, Felida Elementary
  • Lacey Lavin, fifth-grade teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary
  • Marian Lindner, early childhood special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Garrett Noah, fourth-grade teacher, Minnehaha Elementary
  • Madison Shaw, fourth-grade teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary

Secondary

  • William Ashlock, math teacher, Fort Vancouver High School
  • Amber Beardmore, associate principal, Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Jeffrey Causey, counselor, Discovery Middle School
  • Luisa Childers, Spanish teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Ingrid Dahl, Science teacher, Gaiser Middle School
  • Nick Davies, associate principal, Columbia River High School
  • Morgan Deklyen, English teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Mara Friedland, art teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Brierly Harris, English/social studies teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Andrew Johnson, math teacher, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
  • Maria Kidder, science teacher, Skyview High School
  • Nicholas Legambi, special education teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Jesus Marcial Garcia, board-certified behavior analyst, Hudson’s Bay High School High School
  • Morgan Money, career/technical education guidance counselor/International Baccalaureate coordinator, Columbia River High School
  • Jacob Mumford, special education teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Claire Neely, math teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Katie North, special education teacher, Skyview High School
  • Michael Patten, English teacher, Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Gregory Peavey, career/technical education teacher, Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Katherine Pedersen, special education teacher, Alki Middle School
  • Sheri Schneider, English learners lead, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
  • Savanah Sirois, career/technical education teacher, Vancouver Flex Academy
  • Jamie Smith, career/technical education teacher, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
  • Christopher Stekhuizen, science teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Jackson Stellfox, science teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Xin Tu, Mandarin Chinese teacher, Jason Lee Middle School
  • Lisa Ventrella, dance/PE/visual art teacher, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
  • Carlee Walker, science teacher, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
  • Lisa Zeta, Spanish teacher, Discovery Middle School

Special services

  • Leayh Abel, psychologist
  • Madison Donnelly, special education teacher
  • Shauna Guinn, psychologist
  • Naomi Kotkins, speech language pathologist
  • Adam Lemucchi, board-certified behavior analyst
  • Connor McCroskey, special services manager
  • Lisa Mellman, speech language pathologist
  • Maria Meza, speech language pathologist
  • Nadia Noid, occupational therapist
  • Alexis Sales-Paragola, psychologist
  • Katrice Thabet-Chapin, psychologist

Vaccine exemption change

As of July 28, 2019, Washington state law removed the personal and philosophical exemption to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by the new law.

  • Parents who have claimed a personal or philosophical exemption for their children must provide updated immunization information to their child’s school on or before Aug. 27, the first day of school.
  • Parents who wish to claim a medical or religious exemption must get the paperwork from their child’s doctor.

Children without two doses of MMR vaccine, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a medical or religious exemption will be excluded from school if they do not provide updated immunization status within 30 days from the start of school.

More information about the new law is available from the Washington State Department of Health.

No Monday early releases in June | Español | Русский | Chuukese

There are no more Monday early releases for the reminder of the 2018-19 school year. Students will get out of school at the standard time on June 3, 10 and 17.

There are two-hour early releases on June 18 and 19, the last two days of school.

Español

Queremos recordarles que los estudiantes ya no saldrán temprano los lunes por lo que resta del año escolar. Los estudiantes saldrán de la escuela a la hora de salida regular los días lunes, 3, 10 y 17 de junio.

El martes, 18 y miércoles, 19 de junio, que son los dos últimos días de clases, saldrán dos horas más temprano.

Русский

Напоминаем вам, что сегодня 3-го июня, а также в понедельник 10 и 17 июня, занятия в школах будут заканчиваться в 2:50 дня. В последние два дня учёбы в школе, 18 и 19 июня, занятия будут заканчиваться на 2 часа раньше.

Chuukese

Sia mochen áchema ngonuk pwe esapw chiwen sárekái sukkun nón ekkei Sárifan poputá seni ikenái tori nesópwonón ei ierin sukkun. Meinisin chóón sukkun repwe ne fiti néúr ewe kunókun sárin sukkun iteiten ráán nón Suun 3, 10 me 17.

Nón ekkewe sáingonón ráánin sukkun, ren Suun 18 me 19, sukkun epwe sárekái (wón 2 awa).

Iká e wor kapas eis, kose mochen kékkéri ei 360-771-5343.

Programs accepting more applications for next school year

Four programs are accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year:

June 3 deadline

June 7 deadline

Dec. 31 deadline

Final VPS budget recommendations will preserve direct services to students

After taking public input into consideration, VPS officials will recommend on May 28 that the school board address an $8 million budget shortfall for 2019-20 in ways that preserve direct services to students. But a district advisory group is concerned that the use of one-time money from the state and the district’s financial reserve will result in another large shortfall for 2020-21.

VPS initially projected a total budget shortfall of $16.8 million for next year. Approximately $2.3 million was due to a forecasted decline in student enrollment. District officials said that they would adjust staffing to cover that part of the deficit. A one-time appropriation of $6.5 million in state levy equalization assistance further reduced the shortfall to $8 million.

Over the past few weeks, VPS conducted an online budget survey with more than 1,800 respondents, solicited written correspondence to the superintendent and the board of directors, listened to constituents testifying at board meetings and met with a district advisory group composed of parents and business and community leaders. Based on that input, a preliminary/recommended list of $8 million in potential budget reductions was revised to include mainly cuts from central administrative services and a drawdown of the district’s financial reserves.

The VPS management task force, a longstanding district advisory group chaired by John McDonagh, president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and associate publisher and owner of the Vancouver Business Journal, concluded that the final budget recommendations are consistent with the community survey results. Survey respondents showed a strong preference for minimizing the impact of budget reductions on direct services to students.

But the district advisory group noted that VPS is relying on $6.5 million in one-time state levy equalization assistance and $3.75 million in one-time district money from the ending fund balance to close the funding gap.

“The task force supports the final budget recommendations, but we are concerned that the use of $10.25 million in one-time money only pushes much of this problem down the road for a year,” said McDonagh. “We advise the superintendent and his team to identify a sustainable revenue source, including a possible supplemental levy measure, to meet the district’s financial needs in 2020-21 and beyond.”

The final budget recommendations include the following:

  • One-time use of ending fund balance, or financial reserves ($3.75 million)
  • 10 centrally budgeted teachers on special assignment ($1,266,667)
  • 5% reduction in central office/support services budgets ($1.2 million)
  • 15% reduction in central office administrative positions ($800,000)
  • 5 central office professional-technical positions ($450,000)
  • 50% reduction in travel for professional development ($400,000)
  • 1 grounds maintenance position ($75,000)
  • 1 wing clerk position ($58,608)

The superintendent and his team will present the final budget recommendations to the board on May 28 at a work session scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd.

Related: District receives clean audit report

Girls Lead the Way Summer Robotics Camp

The Girls Lead the Way Summer Robotics Camp provides opportunities to program robots and work with other students on fun, technical projects.

  • When: Aug. 5-9, 2019
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Where: McLoughlin Middle School
  • Cost: Free

Students who will enter sixth through eighth grades in fall 2019 may apply. All campers will receive:

  • Camp T-shirt
  • At least one project to take home
  • A week filled with fun, making new friends and learning

Download the application and return it by June 14.

Questions? Contact teacher Cyndy Hagin.

Survey will gather community’s input for 2019-20 budget reductions

Vancouver Public Schools has a projected budget shortfall next year that will necessitate reductions in staff and support. The overall deficit has been lessened thanks to a one-time addition of $6.5 million from the recently released state’s consensus budget. At this point, the district is anticipating an $8 million shortfall.

The district is asking for input from district families, staff and community members to prioritize the reductions. Participants will be asked to suggest preliminary/recommended reductions from a potential list identified over the past three months.

Survey timeline

  • The survey will be open May 6-14.
  • Results of the survey will be released May 20.
  • District advisory committee discussion will take place May 23.
  • Final budget recommendations, reflecting the survey results, will be made at the May 28 school board meeting.

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Si desea que le lean este documento en español, favor llamar al: Señora Estefanía, 360-771-5479.

Iká pwe ke mochen epwe wor emén epwe ánea ngonuk masowen ei taropwe nón fóósun fénúomw ren ómw kopwe weweiti, en mei tongeni kéri Juanita Yasu, 360-771-5343.

New elementary school naming

In May 2019, students, staff members, families and community members suggested potential names for a new elementary school.

The final name will be announced in June.

Projected to open in fall 2021 behind the site of the current headquarters of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, the project-based learning school for approximately 500 students will focus on arts and innovation. Construction is funded through a bond measure that voters approved in 2017.