On Feb 13th the final votes must be submitted to approve or deny the $695 million capital bond.
The Pro (Yes) position can be seen at:
Evergreen School District: http://www.evergreenps.org/envision
The Con (No) position will also have a Facebook Page : tbd
Note: A Public Information Request was submitted on November 15th, 2017. The district responded it would have all information no later than December 23rd so stay tuned.
The Evergreen School Board has announced their intent to place a capital bond on an upcoming ballot (Feb 13, 2018) requesting ~$695 million (plus some State matching money).
They conducted a survey of the public. There are two (2) documents we’ve received to date:
Let’s take a look at their survey and see if it holds water:
- Here is a breakdown of the demographics of the EGSD: https://www.point2homes.com/US/Neighborhood/WA/Clark-County/Evergreen-School-District-Clark-Demographics.html
- There are 82,159 voters in the Evergreen School District
- 63,348 total households
- 43,867 family households
- 23,928 households with children
- 39,721 households without children
- Average number of people per household: 2.64
- Average household income: $70,221.
- Median (1/2 above and 1/2 below): $57,045
- Average household expenditures: $54,729. This means that $70,221 – $54,729 = $15,492 left to spend
- Percent increase in income since 2010: 3%
Now lets take a look at the results of their survey:
- 1,674 people completed the survey. That equals 2% of voters or 2.6% of all households
- 1,410 of those responding said they “somewhat” or “strongly” favor the bond = 84%
- 936 said they have children in the district = 56%
- 30% (431) said they are employees of the district = 25.7%
- 1,003 (71.65%) of those who answsered were female
Analysis and Thoughts
- The wording of the questions is clearly biased. Example: Q5 Evergreen Public Schools is considering a facility improvement bond measure to include building a new elementary school, replace five of the oldest elementary schools, an old middle school and an old high school, improve safety and security at all schools in the district, reduce overcrowding, reduce the use of portable classrooms throughout the district, and improve athletic fields. The estimated bond amount is $695 million. If the election were held today, would you favor or oppose the facility improvement bond measure? The way the answers are prepared directed the outcome. This is poorly designed.
- There is no way to verify whether the responders are employees or not.
- The “study” is statistically invalid.
We would like the following at the earliest possible time. Electronic via email to this email address is acceptable. Given the short time frame between the announcement and the election time is of the essence.
1) The complete budget for the proposed bond showing each line item/project with the local and state money (separate) for each item. This should include the spreadsheet, word or other document(s) necessary for any member of the public to completely understand what the ask is and how the funds will be used.
Capital Facilities Funding Evergreen PS 53 101317-1 Note: This is an impact spreadsheet and NOT a breakdown by project as requested
2) The justification, explanation or similar information for the request
3) Any facility assessment or report by school for those that you propose to refurbish or replace. We are seeking to understand the condition, age and functionality of each facility so all information relating to such is requested.
4) Student historical for the last 3 years plus future population growth projections by each school that you plan to renovate, replace or build new
5) A breakdown on the timing for each project (start and completion dates) as they currently exist
6) Maintenance budget history by school cited for renovation or replacement for the past 10 years and in total for the district. Depending on how you budget there may be a total maintenance budget and/or there may be an “asset preservation” budget. We are seeking to understand the amount of money that has been spent over time to determine not just what the amounts of funding have been but what their change (increase or decrease) over time has been.
7) The projected impact on taxpayers. The amount per $1000 of assessed value. The duration of the bond.
8) Are there any existing capital bonds in place for the district and if so what, how much remaining, the current cost per $1000 of assessed value and any other information relevant to taxpayers.
This information will be shared with the public.
Given the size of your “ask” we expect that all of the information being requested should be readily available since the Board and District should have assembled these materials in their planning process to justify the proposed bond.
Please acknowledge receipt of this Public Information Request and indicate the target delivery date.