At WLPS, we strive to provide exceptional and personalized education to empower individuals to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a diverse, rapidly changing society.
Limited funding challenges our ability to upgrade technology essential to our students’ ability to learn, make necessary changes to make our campuses safer, and maintain our buildings to retain their integrity.
You Spoke, We Listened:
We spent this past winter engaging with staff, students, parents, and the community to better understand our needs throughout the district and how to address them. Through community forums, online surveys, and strategic planning sessions, you spoke and we listened. Based on the priorities identified, Superintendent Tom DeKeyser recommended this last spring that the Board of Education place a sinking fund on the August 7th, 2018 ballot as a funding source for technological, safety, facility repair, and maintenance needs. A sinking fund is a school revenue account designated for school building renovation and major repairs, as well as technology purchases.
Repairs & Maintenance
WLPS is asking voters to approve 1 Mill for 10 years as a continuation of the 2016 three-year sinking fund. On a house worth $150,000, 1 Mill levied equates to $75 per year, or $6.25 per month ($1.00 on $1,000 of taxable value). The sinking fund will produce approximately $350,000 per year. The tax would be levied from 2018 through 2027. If passed, WLPS will not collect the final third year of the 2016 sinking fund.
The 2018 sinking fund is simply a continuation of the 2016 sinking fund approved by voters. NO TAX RATE INCREASE WILL RESULT FROM THE 2018 SINKING FUND.
The sinking fund will replace extremely outdated classroom devices and secure funding for a replacement plan to ensure we are proactively meeting our students’ learning needs for years to come. In addition, it will allow us to update classroom technology such as projectors, smart boards, teacher computers, sound systems, and theater technology including lighting, microphones, and soundboards, essential to our fine arts programs.
Safety & Security
The sinking fund will be invested in safety systems such as updated security cameras, entrance cameras, and the redesign and renovation of the elementary school entrance to make it safer and more secure.
The sinking fund will also address the natural aging of our buildings, allowing us to maintain the integrity of our indoor and outdoor facilities including the campus grounds.
If the Trojan community decides not to invest in a sinking fund to address critical district-wide needs, the likely outcome is that cuts will be made to educational programs. Dollars from the general fund will be diverted away from the classroom to maintain, repair, and replace technology, security, and facilities. In 2017/2018 alone, over $69,000 has been spent on repairs from the current sinking fund, so that we did not have to take the funds out of the general fund.
In order to continue to inform the Whitmore Lake community about this sinking fund proposal, our faculty will be providing additional resources and hosting informational events throughout the coming weeks to help answer any questions you may have. But first, we want to tell you about what we have accomplished so far in improving the facilities and educational experience for our students.
Sinking Fund Accomplishments:
This Past Year:
ALWAYS Providing Exceptional Education:
Achieving Fiscal Responsibility and Stability:
WLPS has saved $5 million in taxpayer money through refinancing in the past three years. Additionally, we have continued to grow the balance of our general fund over the past several years to ensure financial stability. Specifically, we have increased our general fund by over $837,000, which is reserved for innovations to our academic curriculum such as adding Mandarin Chinese to the WLES curriculum and expanding our AP class offering at WLHS.
Every day is a great day to be a Trojan. With the support of our community, staff, students, and parents we are confident that will not change in the years to come.