The Benefits of the PPEL and SAVE Funds

The Benefits of the PPEL and SAVE Funds

February 17, 2016

The Benefits of the PPEL and SAVE Funds


School funding in Iowa is a very complicated subject. Last year, I wrote an article on our silo system of funding in order to explain the school funding system. Now that the legislative session is in full swing, school funding is a major focus at the capitol and around the state. In this article I want to focus on two funding sources for our school district, SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education/1 Cent Sales Tax) and PPEL (Physical, Plant & Equipment Levy).


The SAVE and PPEL funds are used for capital purchases, upkeep of buildings, and new construction which allows us to maintain and improve our current facilities. In the most recent past, the junior high, Ed White, John Glenn and Alan Shepard elementary additions, the high school remodel project, were all made possible through these funds. The new fitness center will be built using both of these funds. All of the projects have enhanced our educational facilities and provided the needed space for a growing population and programs. While these kinds of projects are very visible to the community, SAVE and PPEL do so much more.


Our ability to maintain all of the technology in the district depends on both funds. The North Scott school district is entirely wireless, has a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio for grades 7-12, a 3:1 student-to-computer ratio for the elementary level with nearly all clasrooms have interactive whiteboards. As a district, we believe it is important to incorporate technology into our teaching and provide the technology tools needed to our students that will help them be successful in life. This has all been made possible because of our PPEL and SAVE funding.


The North School Community School District has seven school buildings: a central office, bus garage, and a  maintenance/print shop facility. Each of these facilities require on-going maintenance. The larger cost maintenance projects include roofing, HVAC, and boiler replacements. As our buildings get older, we need to remodel certain areas to bring them up-to-date. For example, the remodeling of several restrooms has been taking place throughout the district for the past couple of years and will continue for several more. The district purchases all of its needs for the building and grounds departments such as equipment like mowers and floor scrubbers which are very expensive items.  As I have pointed out, these funds are essential to maintaining and extending the life of all district facilities.   


The district’s transportation department is also supported by PPEL. The PPEL fund allows the district to purchase three new school bus replacements every year allowing us to maintain our fleet of over 30 buses. Bus repairs are also paid for out of this fund. If we did not have PPEL, we would need to use our General Fund for these expenses which would then take money away from education.


Iowa and the North Scott Community School District are fortunate to have both the PPEL and SAVE funds. Both of these funding sources have been approved and supported by our taxpayers. Thank you for supporting the North Scott Community School District!



Joe Stutting

Superintendent of Schools

North Scott Community School District

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