Bonds = buildings, levies = operations
Levies and bonds are used for different things. Levy dollars pay for educational programs and day-to-day operations of schools, including:
- Teacher and staff support
- Extracurricular activities
- Classroom supplies, textbooks and equipment
- Utilities and insurance
- Safety and security staff
Levies are not typically used for significant construction and must be renewed in two-, three- or four-year intervals. The last levy that local voters approved for Vancouver Public Schools was in February 2016.
Bonds pay for facilities, including:
- New construction
- Replacement schools
- Building upgrades, e.g., new roofs, heating and cooling systems
- Safe and secure entrances
- Remodeling and expansion
If approved by local voters, bonds are eligible for state matching funds. They are paid off over a maximum of 20 years.
The last bond measure that local voters approved for Vancouver Public Schools was in February 2017.