The Board of Directors adopted Resolution 2015-01 in December, “providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the district at a special election to be held therein on April 28, 2015, of a proposition to authorize the district to levy an additional tax to provide a total of $5,000,000.00 for the District’s Capital Projects Fund for repair, improvement, modernization and/or expansion of district facilities, such levies to be made for three years commencing in 2015 for collection in the school years from 2015-2016 through 2017-2018.”

  • Why is the money needed now?

    For many years, even outdated equipment could be coaxed into working for another year. Maintenance has been deferred in most of the areas targeted for funding, and the district has begun spending disproportional amounts for repair when replacement is needed.
  • What work will be done, and when?

    The levy proceeds would be used to repair, update, and improve District facilities using funds collected during the 2015-2016 through 2017-2018 school years. A facilities improvement plan identified three phases of work:



    Phase 1

    Phase 2

    Phase 3

    Elementary School

    Remodel restroom; repair or replace damaged wall/window.

    Replace heating/ventilation system.

    Build classroom addition to multipurpose room.

    Middle School

    Replace heating/ventilation system.

    Replace flooring and roof.

    Replace leaking windows. Upgrade sound and lighting in Performing Arts Center.

    High School

    Replace gym bleachers.

    Resurface tennis courts.

    Mickey Clark Field

    Replace track and install new bleachers and scoreboard.

    Add athletic storage. Replace track equipment.

    Build restroom and concession facilities.

    Engle Field

    Complete field development.

  • Is this a new or replacement levy?

    The proposed levy is a new levy, specifically to address deferred maintenance on school buildings and playing fields.
  • Why is the money needed now?

    The 1992 middle school roof, floors and HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) system are beyond normal life expectancy. The HVAC system has required several expensive repairs and no longer provides adequate and consistent heat throughout the building. It is too noisy to be in operation during Performing Arts Center performances and presentations. The middle school floor tile is breaking, discoloring, and bubbling-up throughout the hallways. The roof has not yet failed but is at maximum life expectancy.

    Restroom plumbing at the elementary school is antiquated and in constant need of repair; modern and reliable fixtures need to be installed. The Multipurpose Room is one of the heaviest used facilities in the district. The restrooms, stage, flooring, and kitchen are in need of repair and/or updating. Scheduling of physical education classes has to be interrupted for lunch service mid-day.

    The 1979 high school gymnasium bleachers are failing to open and close, can no longer be efficiently repaired, and do not meet ADA compliance requirements.

    The Mickey Clark Field complex was constructed in 1984. The track is beyond its life expectancy, has surface cracking and is inadequate to host track meets. Seating at the field cannot accommodate attendance during the football games and has only one entrance and exit. The existing press box poses safety concerns.

    The plan to develop baseball, softball, and soccer fields on Engle Field was approved by Island County in 2006. Work must begin moving forward or the planning process will need to be reinitiated. To date, limited improvements have been made to the baseball field and soccer practice field.

  • What led to the decision to pursue these projects now?

    The Board of Directors established a Capital Improvements Committee in 2013 to review and determine the condition of district facilities. Over the course of a year, the committee identified deferred maintenance projects and items yet to be completed items from 2006. In August 2014, the committee recommended to the Board a list of projects for consideration. District administrators were charged with establishing costs and funding sources and these were presented to the Board in October. At its November 2014, the Board reviewed the scope of each project and developed a list of priorities specific to safety, projected equipment failure, and deferred maintenance.
  • What did the Board consider before calling for a levy election?

    The Board considered the condition of district facilities, the list of deferred maintenance items, safety, the learning environment, the work yet to be completed from the 2006 Engle Field sports improvement plan, community use of facilities, the cost of each project, funding sources for each project, the scope and sequence of each project, patron input, funding options, and the consequence of continued deferred maintenance.
  • What funding sources have been used for facilities in the past?

    Bonds have been used for major projects, such as construction of new schools; a bond election was held in 2004 to to fund construction of the high school. Maintenance and operations levies typically are used, in part, to fund routine facility maintenance and small repairs. The district has used a “dedicated” Capital Projects technology levy to support the purchase of technology equipment, infrastructure and services.
  • How can I learn more?

    Superintendent Jim Shank will host on-site meetings as follows:

    • February 17, 5:30-6:00 PM – Elementary School library
    • February 24, 5:00-6:30 PM – Middle School foyer
    • March 9, 5:30-6:30 PM – Gym complex and fields (bring outdoor shoes)
    • March 30, 5:30-6:00 PM – Elementary School library
    • March 31, 6:00-6:30 PM – Middle School foyer
    • April 13, 6:00-7:00 PM – Gym complex and fields (bring outdoor shoes)
  • Why is the district asking for a levy and not a bond?

    • A bond is a long-term debt that requires interest payments over the life of the bond.
    • Rather than a typical 20 year bond repayment cycle, the proposed levy is for three years and carries no interest payments.
    • Most of the proposed projects are repairs.
  • How would the levy benefit those who don’t have children in school?

    Good schools and well-maintained facilities help to draw and retain businesses for our community. Attractive schools help to support real estate values and build school and community spirit. Besides being the learning center for K-12 students, Coupeville School District hosts many community-based activities throughout the year.
  • What is the accountability process for the levy?

    Progress reports and information updates will be included in quarterly newsletters, Board reports, and through other sources of communication – such as social media and our website.

Fast Facts

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Thank you!

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who supported the school district’s capital projects levy. To date, it appears that the levy will pass with a 55% approval rate. This is wonderful news for our students and for those who work every day towards our...
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Gym & Field Levy Tour

Superintendent Jim Shank will host an informational tour of the gym and playing fields March 9 and April 13, beginning at 5:30 PM in the foyer of Coupeville Middle & High School gym. Similar tours are scheduled for: March 30 at 5:30 PM – Coupeville Elementary School...
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Levy Information Meetings

Superintendent Jim Shank will host community meetings/tours to revise projects that would be completed using levy funds. 2/24/15: 6:00-6:30 PM Middle school entrance (tour: middle school) 3/3/15: 5:30-6:00 PM Elementary school main entrance (tour: hallway, restrooms, multipurpose...
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