Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.
Capital Projects Levy
Purpose of a 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, the need for technology in our school district is growing. More and more traditional book-based 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 school district creates the same needs for business systems that a corporation with a budget of more than $250 million would need. In fact, those business systems are critical since the district must report to the state, the federal government and to citizens how each dollar is spent.
Increasing dependence on technology, including the use of more than 21,000 student computers, requires increasing amounts of infrastructure, support and staff expertise. Technology support for 29,500 students and 3,300 staff helps keep the district running.
Capital projects also ensure that buildings and sites are kept up over time. Major systems like roofs, hot water systems, lighting, and flooring are replaced or upgraded on a life cycle basis. Physical education and athletic facilities can be renovated to ensure safety. Health and safety upgrades to buildings can be installed.
During phases 1 and 2 of the district’s modernization program, a total of 21 aging school buildings were replaced and/or renovated. There is less need for facilities capital projects as fewer buildings in our district are old enough to reach the end of the life cycles of major systems. However, capital projects are still needed to ensure that major building and site systems are replaced when at the end of their useful life or that upgrades are made for educational or health and safety reasons.
- Replaces the previous levy, which expires at the end of 2018, with no tax rate increase. 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 2022.
- Includes funding for both district facilities and for technology.
- What does this Capital Projects Levy pay for?
- 2018 Capital Projects Levy - Technology Detail
- 2018 Capital Projects Levy - Facilities Detail
The Capital Projects Levy provides for technology investments to help students be prepared for the future, including:
- Enhanced technology infrastructure, equipment and training.
- The replacement of student computers to ensure they function and support learning (without replacement, computers would be 6-8 years old).
- Professional development opportunities for teachers to learn new technologies.
- Funds for instructional curricular software and programs.
The Capital Projects Levy also provides for investments in facilities and sites in order to maintain quality learning environments, including:
- Upgrades to interior/exterior locks and window shading to enhance security.
- Projects to ensure facilities are accessible to those with disabilities.
- Improvements to site safety and traffic flow.
- Upgrades to major systems, such as roofs and heating systems, on a life cycle basis.
- Ensuring the safety of sports facilities and upgrading them when they reach the end of their useful life.
A more detailed look at the Technology portion of the Capital Projects levy
Total average cost per year: $23.6 million
Category: Technology Infrastructure & Support
- Description: Provide critical technology systems support and infrastructure improvements
- Improve network security management systems.
- Upgrade servers, network, cloud storage, operating systems and phone/voice systems.
- Cost: $4 million
- Description: Provide updated equipment to enhance student learning, staff productivity and safety:
- Increase/replace student-computer ratio at the elementary level by providing 1:1 cart model at grade 5.
- Replace student computers on a four-year cycle at current student-computer ratios; rades K-2 (3:1), 3-4 (2:1) and 6-12 (1:1).
- Replace staff computers.
- Upgrade classroom technologies (interactive visual technology, audio/sound systems, and support student and staff computers, classroom technology, and printers).
- Expand security cameras to middle schools.
- Replace lifecycle print center printers as needed.
- Cost: $10.3 million
Category: Instructional Software & Support Systems
- Description: Provide instructional and assessment software and instructional support staffing:
- Improve technology-based tools for teaching and learning (instructional software, library databases, learning/professional learning management system).
- Cost: $2.2 million
Category: Business & Technology Systems
- Description: Provide critical business systems and technology operations software and support:
- Maintain and/or enhance technology-based systems for managing student information, family/community communications, human resources/personnel processes, nutrition/food services and data analytics.
- Cost: $2.1 million
Category: Technology Training and Professional Development
- Description: Provide professional development and staff training in technology use and integration:
- Maintain and/or enhance programs for staff training in use and application of technology.
- Cost: $5 million
A more detailed look at the Facilities portion of the Capital Projects levy
Total average cost per year: $13.15 million
Category: Building Systems & Improvements
- Description: Provide asset lifecycle management and energy system improvements:
- Replace and/or upgrade critical operational systems, including: heating, ventilation, hot water, energy, lighting and trash compacting systems.
- Replace and/or upgrade roofing, insulation, flooring, doors/locks and exterior paint and surfaces.
- Cost: $6.9 million
Category: Site Improvements, Athletics & Playfield Upgrades
- Description: Provide asset lifecycle planning and ensure Title IX and WIAA compliance:
- Upgrade aging walkways, hard surfaces and parking paving.
- Upgrade stadium turf, all-weather fields and tennis courts.
- Renovate tracks.
- Upgrade parking and site lighting, site drainage and erosion control.
- Upgrade stadium bleachers, storage, fencing and signage.
- Cost: $1.9 million
Category: School & Program Improvements
- Description: Enhance the education program and address emergent building needs:
- Add portable classrooms and/or replace aging portables.
- Add and/or upgrade learning spaces to support school programs and initiatives.
- Upgrade lifecycle playground equipment as needed.
- Cost: $3 million
Category: Code, Compliance, Health & Safety
- Description: Provide Health and Safety improvements and ensure building code compliance:
- Upgrade fire safety alarm systems.
- Expand lockdown door hardware and window treatments in schools.
- Upgrade security systems.
- Improve ADA handicap access.
- Improve access, vehicle traffic flow and student drop-off/pick-up areas.
- Cost: $1.35 million