Our Compelling Story

Our Compelling Story

A huge thank you to the hundreds of employees who have attended one of the four staff meetings about the levy!  The final one is this morning:

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 9:00-9:45
Aspen Conference Room, District Office Building

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the giving of your precious time to learn about the levy.  I truly believe that the facts tell a compelling story that can be shared by all of you.  Thanks for your help.

As a reminder, here are some key points about the levy:

  •  The Operational Levy is for $1,349,048.
  • As the investment is spread across all property in our community, it will cost less than $20 per     year or $1.66 per month for the average homeowner.
  • The passage of the levy will prevent additional deep reductions to teaching staff and educational   programs.
  • The passage of this levy will keep programs in place so students can have the same opportunities as the GFPS students who have come before them, and also maintain their competitiveness with the other AA Montana districts.
  • The proceeds from the Facility Bond passed in 2016 cannot be used to pay for teaching staff and educational programs.  Bonds are for buildings and levies are for learning.
  • With a successful Operational Levy, GFPS will be limited in the amount of any future levy requests. The current funding formula will allow only minor adjustments in local funding based on student enrollment.
  • GFPS has only passed an operational levy twice in the last ten years. Additional spending has not even equaled inflation.

In order to share the facts with community members as well, we are holding two community meetings on Monday, April 16.  One will be at noon and the other at 6 pm.  Both are in the PGEC Cafeteria.  Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to join us.  An invitation is on the GFPS main webpage.  Don’t forget to register to vote by April 4.  See related Newsbit article.

At the staff informational meeting at CMR I was asked by an employee about the cost of the colored brochures.  For 2000 brochures, it cost $400 more for colored than black and white. That’s $.20 per brochure. I have decided that with $1,349,048 at stake, the extra money is worth it as the colored eye-catching materials are far more likely to be read than black and white pieces. Given the brochures are key to our communication campaign, we will disseminate colored, attractive and compelling pieces of literature.

Lastly, please enjoy your spring break!  Please use it to catch your breath and gather your strength as we head into this final quarter of the 2017-2018 school year!  We are going to finish this year off right!

Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.