These, and a number of other salient questions are posed and addressed in a two-page document titled “Questions from “A Caring Community”" about the Oak Harbor School levy. Download your own copy now! Click HERE!
An excerpt from the flyer:
Did you Know?
“Bonus Money” or “Tri-Day” Money which is funded with M & O Levy and Impact Aid Funds is in addition to a teacher’s salary plus health insurance. This ‘Bonus Money’ or ‘Tri-Day Money’ for the Oak Harbor School District ranges from approximately $2,000 to $33,000 /per year depending on the level of education and number of years taught.
The Oak Harbor Teacher’s Association is now asking for additional “Tri-Day” Money with the 2013 M & O Levy increasing their already allotted 16 days of bonuses to 19 days. The other districts in our area that receive ‘Tri-Day money are significantly lower than Oak Harbor as evidenced by the following chart of information:
School District Bonus/Stipend Highest Full Time Teacher Salary
Anacortes $3,109 – 15,576 $85,406
Coupeville $2,695 – 4,991 $67,946
Oak Harbor $1,868 – $33,162 $96,526 -$106,253
South Whidbey $495 – $15,287 $87,737
Source: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2012
Every other school district in our area stresses academics ABOVE all else. They have proven that money WELL SPENT contributes to academic success. IS OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT DOING IT’S JOB? SHOULD WE BE SUPPORTING THIS LATEST LEVY?
Here’s a recent LTE written by one of our Island Politics’ editors about the proposed OHSD levy:
“Vote “no” on the school levy. If teachers and their union feel so strongly about receiving 39% more bonus pay (TRI-Days), put your money where your mouth is: petition the school board to run a separate Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy ONLY for TRI-Days. If it passes, take as many TRI-Days – and only that many – as voters will directly approve. If it fails, lose all TRI-Days until you can ask the voters again four years later when the next M&O levy comes around.
No levy which the school board has ever proposed to voters (including this one) has ever specified that it would divert either M&O levy property taxes or Federal Impact Aid in order to provide even ONE TRI-Day for teachers’ bonus pay. Nonetheless, over the years, the school district has perennially cried “poor” while ever-increasing M&O property tax levy dollars and/or Federal Impact Aid dollars have been diverted into an ever-increasing number of bonus pay TRI-Days. Teachers perennially skim $1.4 million in 14 TRI-Days away from kids! This levy request would literally double the existing levy, would raise property taxes overall by 10% and would ensure teachers’ skim rises to 19.5 TRI-Days and $1.95 million! By not asking voters directly for TRI-Day bonus pay, M&O levies have become one big TRI-Day scam upon the voters, levy after levy after levy. Four years hence, the school district will again cry “poor” while teachers will have skimmed $8 million away from kids! The levy is a scam. Vote “no”.”
This (below) YouTube video, while about a school levy from a completely different place than Oak Harbor, WA, makes a number of points that are 100% applicable to our local situation in Oak Harbor, especially with regards to how these local school levy campaigns are run.
After watching the below video, if you are curious about how much money individual teachers earn in Oak Harbor, see the article “How Much $$ in Salary, Bonuses, Stipends, Insurance and Benefits do OHSD Employees Get? + Video Put the Money in the Backpack”