COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The College Place Public School Board of Directors voted unanimously this week to propose a two-year excess levy to support the district’s transportation fund. The levy would replace the expiring transportation levy that was approved in 2018.
The levy will support the growing transportation needs in the district with 10-cent-per-$1,000 of assessed value providing $120,000 per year of the two-year levy.
“We have seen a 21 percent increase in enrollment and 12 percent increase in bus ridership across our district the past three years,” CPPS Superintendent Jim Fry said. “Our needs are growing faster than the state funding supports us to add new buses to our fleet.”
Fry said by combining these levied funds with state and local funds, the district will be able to add a couple of daily route buses, an additional extracurricular trip bus, and a bus for students with disabilities.
“College Place Public Schools is growing and changing in many ways and this levy will allow us to keep up with that growth and serve students,” Fry said.
Ballots for the special election will be mailed on January 22, 2020. The election will be held on February 11, 2020.