We remain grateful that District patrons voted in 2014 to increase the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) to the maximum allowed by law. This fund generates approximately $9 million dollars each school year. Unfortunately, we have identified annual needs of approximately $20 million dollars. This includes such maintenance essentials as resurfacing of roofs, replacing hallway tile, and updating restrooms to meet ADA compliance. With each year, we actually fall further behind on meeting the general maintenance needs at our schools.
There are also needs related to a common set of requirements that was established for each of our schools through a collaborative stakeholder process that was concluded in April 2013. These are related to front entry security, modernized heating and cooling systems, common student meeting spaces, and more. Additionally, we are working to forecast future facility needs where it is projected there will be future increases in student enrollment. The Secure an Advanced Vision for Education or SAVE Fund currently has 61 million dollars in unobligated reserves available for use in remodeling existing school buildings or constructing new ones. Even so, this is significantly less than the 200 million dollars in identified needs.
for details on the District’s promise to the community regarding use of PPEL resources, called the “PPEL Promise.”