Grants and other non-local tax dollars could reduce bond measure collections
The bond proposal on the ballot is for a total of $110 million and is structured to be acquired through three different bond sales.
The district is actively pursuing grants to help pay for its facilities needs in order to reduce the burden on local taxpayers. The receipt of grants and other non-local dollars will potentially allow the district to reduce the amount of its total bond sales.
Here are a few sources of potential funding that are NOT generated by local taxes, and their current status as of January 16, 2022:
- NBSD has applied for $5 million through OSPI’s “Small Rural Modernization Grant,” which, if granted, would fully cover the middle school/high school HVAC system**.
- The district has applied for a planning grant for FEMA dollars that would allow us to apply for and potentially access $3 million dollars from FEMA. The planning grant has been approved.
- Governor Jay Inslee included $6 million in his proposed budget specifically to help rebuild the new Pacific Beach Elementary. It is contingent on the district passing its bond measure. Assuming the FEMA grant is awarded and the governor’s $6 million is part of the final budget approved by the state legislature, Superintendent Kelly will recommend that the board reduce the total bond sale by $9 million.
- The Seabrook Community Foundation has committed $1 million dollars to help with the PB school construction. This is dependent on the passage of the bond measure.
What about Federal COVID (ESSER Funds) ?
The district received three different rounds of funds starting back in March of 2020 to help mitigate the extra expenses of providing education during the pandemic. These three rounds of funding came to $1,908,616.
Each round of funds has specific purposes of what the funds could be used for. The district focused these dollars on addressing the extra needs of our students and staff during the time we were limited to in-person learning, including:
- Additional student support needed for learning
- Nursing/testing services
- Technology for online learning
- Summer school to make up for lost instruction
- Transportation costs to distribute work packets and food during our online learning period, and additional meals provided during non-school days.
The ESSER dollars have been used to meet the needs of our kids and families during the COVID pandemic. 100% of these expenditures were “outside the norm of typical planning.”