Students in Katie Jacobs’ fourth grade class at Franklin Elementary worked on building hydraulic powered claws in class during the month of May. This end of the year STEM project led to seeing life-sized machines up close and in person.
2022 School Technology and Capital Projects Levy
Purpose of a Technology & Capital Projects Levy
A capital projects levy provides funding for items that require a larger sum to acquire, improve or maintain a school building or a technology solution.
The state provides a minimum amount of funding for technology in schools. At the same time, technology in our school district is imperative to teaching and learning and running the business of a large organization. More and more traditional printed curricula include digital resources. Other educational software programs can supplement learning or give students who need extra help another way to learn. Classroom technology enables teachers to enhance classroom learning. The district’s Mobile Access for Students program ensures students can use individual computing power that is aimed at learning in class or at home.
In addition, running a large school district with many campuses that are geographically dispersed across 76 square miles is very similar to running a large corporation with multiple offices. Technology and networks are leveraged to ensure business systems, transaction and mandated performance reporting are efficiently accomplished.
To facilitate innovation in the classroom the district supports more than 35,000 student computers and a private fiber network for wired and wireless connectivity.
Capital projects ensure quality learning environments by maintaining our investments in our facilities and sites. Major systems like roofs, heating, ventilation, fire-life-safety, electrical, security, plumbing, lighting, and flooring are replaced or upgraded on a life cycle basis. Upgrades to physical education areas and athletic fields provide for a proper and safe field of play. In addition, health and safety improvements ensure building code compliance and ADA accessibility at our sites.
- Replaces the previous levy, which expires at the end of 2022. This levy is on a four-year replacement cycle.
- Authorizes collection for four years of an annual levy for capital each year.
- Will expire at the end of 2026.
- Includes funding for both district facilities and for technology.