Some Facts about the LPOSD Levy
Before we vote on March 12th for the latest LPOSD supplemental Levy, here are some facts about what the bulk of this levy is for.
$21 million – 84%- is for salaries, an increase of $7 million to cover pay increases, which Superintendent Woodward calls a necessity to be more competitive.
Bonner County’s median income is in the low thirty thousands. To compare, let’s look at the current salaries of LPOSD employees. Online January 2019 payroll records show 219 individuals whose monthly salaries, computed for a year are well above that. These include teachers and administrative personnel.
– 69 make more than $40K
– 42 make more than $50K
– 73 make more than $60K
– 18 make more than $70K
– 8 make more than $80K
– 1 makes more than $95K
– 5 make more than $100K
Woodward and Hals are among those making $173,910 and $144,444, respectively.
Excerpt from the November 27, 2018 school board meeting: “…into the levy we are also asking for a salary increase of approximately 13.2 % for all certified and classified staff “.
Needless to say, all LPOSD employees and their families will turn out to vote for these pay raises.
Turnout for other voters will be low, because the vote is held in March when many residents are gone for the winter. Also the Levy vote is not well publicized. Therefore, the levy always passes with a low voter turnout.
Please put a stop to this greed and vote NO, on March 12.
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