Camas school levies will appear on February ballots

Replacement levies would fund maintenance and operations and technology

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Camas voters will be asked to approve the replacement of two expiring school levies in early 2013.

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Camas School Board unanimously approved resolutions to place a replacement maintenance and operations levy and a replacement technology levy on the Feb. 12 ballot.

The proposed four-year M & O levy would replace the current levy set to expire at the end of 2013. The district is seeking authorization of $11.45 million, $11.8 million, $12.2 million and $12.75 million over the following four years.

The M & O levy funds teaching and support positions; textbooks and curriculum materials; student safety; grounds, maintenance and utility costs; extra-curricular activities; special education support; technology support; professional development and training; and school library supplies.

According to a press release, the M & O levy represents 20 percent of the district’s budget, and bridges the gap between state funding and what it actually costs to operate schools.

The proposed four-year technology levy would replace the current levy also set to expire in 2013. If approved, the levy would collect between $1.28 and $1.35 million each year over the following four years.

The technology levy pays for hardware, software, and infrastructure related to the district’s network.

Read the full story in the Nov. 20 Post-Record print edition.