The District will run a bond measure in February of 2023. Currently, the District has no more classroom space. The school's library is being used as a classroom. The bond would enable the District to expand the school building, providing classroom space for more early learning classes. The bond would also allow the District to replace the dilapidated transportation center and build more classrooms for junior high students.
Hood Canal School District 2022 Bond and Levy Planning
Hood Canal is asking the community to consider an Educational Programs and Opportunities (EP&O) Levy renewal and a capital bond in the February 2022 election.
Hood Canal SD receives funding from state and federal sources but also relies on local, voter-approved levies to ensure our students, schools, and staff have what they need. The levies help bridge the gap between what the state funds and what we need to educate our students.
All levies and bonds approved by Hood Canal voters stay in our school district. We are asking just for what we need to continue and maintain the current level of services and programs for Hood Canal students.
The replacement EP&O levy is not a new tax and continues funding for critical operations and supports in our school:
- Preschool and early learning staffing and operations
- Special Education supports
- School counseling services
- Teaching assistants
- Nutrition services
Music and arts
Administrative staff and supports
Non-high fees: since Hood Canal District only serves students in grades K-8, the levy covers fees to ensure our students can attend high school in our neighboring districts.
Important certificated/classified positions that are not fully funded by the state, such as nurses and custodians.
The capital bond would provide funding for major construction projects to support our students:
Building an addition to the current school building to provide additional classroom space for early learning programs.
A junior high building that will accommodate real-world, project-based STEM focused learning to help our students prepare for high school.
A new accessible playground, equipped to accommodate our youngest students, and students with special needs.
The Riparian/BOOTS (bringing outdoor and occupational technologies to students) outdoor program.
A new transportation maintenance building, so we can provide better, more efficient service to our bus fleet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a bond and a levy?
Bonds are for buildings, levies are for learning.
There is a gap between what the state funds school districts and what it costs for us to support our students. Funds from the levy go to teachers’ salaries, hiring additional staff beyond what the state pays for, and other operating costs. A bond will help us build and remodel our facilities - the state does not fully fund major construction projects.
How were the projects selected
The facilities committee, a representative group from all parts of our community, reviewed the building survey data to prioritize the projects with the highest needs.
The following people are members of the facilities committee: Candice Beathard, David Elliott, Sheryl Kroneman, Aaron Nix, Annie Robbins, Bill Rohde, Pete Wall, Jan Weatherly, and Judi Woodard.
How much will it cost?
The proposed tax rate for the replacement EP&O levy is estimated to be $1.04 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
The estimated cost for the capital bond is $1.14 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
The estimated total tax rate for Hood Canal residents will go down due to an expiring bond and capital levy. The new tax rate is estimated to be $2.18 per $1,000 of assessed home value. This rate is down from the current rate of $2.47 and is among the lower rates in our area.
How to vote
The Mason County Elections Office has instructions to check your voter registration status, how to vote by mail and in person, and where to find your nearest ballot dropbox.