Sustaining our investment in technology for students, staff, and our schools.
The technology levy renewal will maintain our investment in technology for students. The technology levy funds devices for all students, classroom technology and innovative learning, allows us to provide assistive technologies to improve accessibility and funds technology training for students, staff, and families.
The technology levy renewal funds:
- Classroom technology to enable and support innovative learning
- Computers, software systems, and applications for all students and staff
- Training and technology support for students, staff, and families
- Adaptive technologies providing opportunities for individualized learning and improved accessibility for students
What is the Cost?
Collections for the technology levy passed in 2018 originally began at 46 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Since then, the rate has decreased to 41 cents. The rate is estimated to further drop to 37 cents in the 2022 estimate. If approved in 2021, the technology levy rate will return to 45 cents, but will drop annually over the next four years, as shown below. However, collection stays the same, at $20 million a year, thanks to growth in the community. The projected tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value is:
How was the 2018 Technology Levy Used?
Devices & Other Technology Hardware
- Expansion and update of student computing devices in the classroom and for home-use by students
- Ruby Bridges: A variety of technology tools associated with the opening of a new elementary school, including classroom audio, classroom presentation systems, and student computers
- Innovation Lab High School: A variety of technology tools associated with the opening of a new high school, including student computers
- Upgrade for the physical time clocks used by support staff
- Support for classroom pilots of camera systems that would better allow teachers and students in classrooms to connect with students who are learning remotely
- Modernization of aging printers at buildings
- Upgrade for the point-of-sale system used by Food & Nutrition Services, as well as modernization of the associated hardware used for the system
- Planned: Funding to purchase both the expansion and refresh of staff computing devices
- Annual maintenance fees associated with online applications, subscriptions, and software licenses
- Implementation, licensing, maintenance, and training of the District’s learning management system Schoology, as well as Clever, Zoom and other tools for distance learning
- Sustaining the District’s prior investment in instructional presentation systems for the classroom, including audio and presentation tools
- Modernization of the time clock software system, including migration of the service to the Cloud
- Upgrade for the District’s library system and migration of the service to the Cloud
- Modernization of the system used by the District that tracks physical assets, such as computers, document cameras, printers and display panels, as wells as work orders associated with those assets
- Planned: Standardization and expansion of the assistive technologies and adaptive tools used by students to assist with their individual learning needs, particularly those with special needs
Professional Development & Staffing
- Staff professional development related to new classroom technologies, particularly those related to the shift to distance learning
- Central office staffing associated with supporting technology projects
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