Welcome to the “Vote To Renew The Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL)” section on the VSCSD website. This section has been developed to provide the most relevant, current, and important information about the PPEL Special Election to be held on September 10, 2019.
In place since 1989, the funds raised through this program keep our district in good physical repair and help keep our children safe. Your vote to renew supports our students and enhances their learning opportunities.
How Can The PPEL Be Used?
State law includes detailed parameters regarding how PPEL funds may be used by a school district. Per the Iowa Department of Education website, the PPEL may be used for the following purposes:
- High School 1:1 Computers
- K-8 iPads & Chromebooks
- Musical Instruments
- Microscopes, Scales, Calculators
Safety & Security
- Building Access Control
- Building Security Camera
- Bus Security Cameras
- Keyless Entry Door Locks
- Wireless & Network Equipment
- Walk-in Coolers
- Other equipment needs
Custodial & Maintenance
- Floor Scrubbers
- Snow Plow
District Repair & Replacement
- Staff Computers
- HVAC Repair & Replacement
- New Lights
- Roof Maintenance, Repair, Replacement
- Gym Floor Refinishing
- Desks & Chairs
- Parking Lot Surfacing
- Sound Systems
- Intercom Systems
- Tree Removal
- Window Panels
- Asbestos Abatement & Removal
- Water Bottle Filling Stations
- Library Updates
- Bleacher Repair & Replacement
- Wrestling Mats
- Soccer Field Leveling
PPEL funds cannot be used for salaries, employee benefits, insurance, books or other materials.
PPEL Materials For Reference
The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) is a voter-approved levy that serves as one of the primary revenue sources for funding school infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases, and improvements.
As we move forward, we will continue to focus on keeping our buildings in good repair (roof repair and replacement, flooring, major painting, etc.), our technology is up-to-date (student and staff computers), our transportation fleet is current and other similar items. We are working to upgrade restrooms across the district and other areas. Even the “new” high school will need to have flooring and some other items replaced.
Well-maintained and improved facilities contribute to effective learning environments as well as the overall improvement of our communities.
PPEL funds can only be used for facilities, vehicles and technology purchases.
The PPEL is projected to provide approximately 7 million over its 10-year span.
This is not a NEW Levy but a 10-year extension of the existing voter approved levy that expires in 2019.
Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District’s PPEL Election
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
111 E 4th St, Vinton, IA 52349
Garrison Fire Station:
205 N Sycamore Ave, Garrison, IA 52229
114 Main St SW, Shellsburg, IA 52332
*Iowa voters are required to show an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID or veteran’s ID, tribal ID/document or Iowa voter ID card at the polls before they vote.
View the ballot and read more information from the Benton County Auditor in a recent article on Vinton Today.
- What does the PPEL cost taxpayers?
Voters in the VSCSD will be given the opportunity to vote on the renewal of the PPEL. This is not a new levy and will not add additional to your overall tax rate. It is an extension of the existing levy that expires in 2019.
- Will the Board-approved PPEL plan reduce class sizes? Not necessarily. As a result of the PPEL however, the students in these classrooms will have access to newer, upgraded facilities and equipment.
- How long does the PPEL last? The PPEL would be in place for a period of 10 years starting in 2020 through 2030 after which time it could be brought back to VSCSD residents for renewal consideration.
- How will this improve security? The PPEL would support adding more comprehensive safety and security features and technology enhancements to all buildings.
- How will this improve education? A well-maintained and safe physical environment fosters students’ ability to learn, to show improved achievement scores, and to exhibit appropriate behavior. Facilities in good condition, including low noise levels, cleanliness, access to clean air and water, and absence of overcrowding are not only conducive to learning, but essential for student and staff overall health and well-being. While not an “educational” improvement, improved facilities contribute to the overall improvement of neighborhoods and the potential for increased property value. We are often complimented on our facilities and how well they represent our school-communities.
Contact The Board Of Directors
Please visit the Board of Directors website page for specific contact information for each Board member.
- Rob Levis, President
- Sue Gates, Vice-President
- Brenda Barkdoll, Board Secretary
- Brenda Bartz, Director
- Jason Hicok, Director
- Mike Timmermans, Director
- Kyle Schminke, Director
- Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Director