My name is Jesse Hammond and I am urging you to vote YES on the Technology Capital Projects Levy Resolution #9 for the August 4th election. Ballots should arrive in your mailbox at the end of the week.
This levy is a renewal of the last 4-year school technology which runs from 2016-2020. The levy renewal will continue to provide essential technology services for students and staff for 2021-2025, however, there is a change in the cost to the taxpayer. The previous levy was for $150,000 a year while the current ask for the 2021 levy is $275,000. This would cost the local taxpayer $.19 per assessed $1,000 of property value. To help with the math, this would cost about $76 a year for the owner of a $400,000 parcel. The 2016-2020 levy was approved at 76% and cost folks $.13 Per $1,000. As of 2020, this rate has gone down to $.10, therefore, if the levy passes, the rate would go up $.09 per $1,000.
Why the increase? The previous school technology levy did not cover all of the technology costs that were needed to provide staffing, devices, connectivity, and many other services that are necessary to provide our students with a full education. Much of these services were purchased using general fund dollars since the levy dollars could not cover the full costs. Considering the massive hit the school budget has taken because of the legislative levy lid and the fact that the school cannot collect tax dollars overwhelmingly approved by our community, it makes sense to fully fund tech with tech levy dollars and provide relief to the school's general fund to save staff positions.
I would happily answer any questions and join in any discussion about the technology levy or school technology in general. Please reach out to me by phone 360.540.5072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also forward your comment or concern to The Friends of Lopez Island School Technology Levy which is a group of community members advocating for this cause. Additionally, the Lopez Island PTSA and Lopez Island Education Foundation have a booth at the Saturday Market with information about the technology Levy.
I will leave you with the advocacy statement that is included in the voters' pamphlet for this election.
"In 2016, Lopez voters approved the four-year recurring Lopez Island School District Technology Levy with overwhelming support. This levy provided essential learning tools for all students at Lopez School including computers, software, network infrastructure, digital citizenship enrichment, and support staff. During the COVID19 school closure, Lopez students were well prepared to transition into virtual learning thanks to the 1:1 device initiative funded by this technology levy. All students currently have access to their teachers’ virtual classrooms, educational technology, and online resources from home.
The purpose of this renewal levy is to continue to support technology in education at Lopez School and to fund technology positions and programs. In prior years, technology purchases and personnel have been funded with both the technology levy and the school’s general fund. By renewing and expanding this levy, the District will be able to cover all tech-related expenses with these funds.
In light of the recent levy lid that has greatly impacted the District’s general fund dollars, this tech levy will absorb all tech-related expenses from the Lopez School budget, thus freeing up valuable dollars for other important school expenditures. In order to keep students prepared with 21st-century skills and safe while using these tools, we need recurring funding for technology at Lopez Island School District.
The Technology Capital Projects Levy Advocacy Committee, Lopez Island School Technology Committee, the Board of Directors, students, and staff encourage the Lopez community to vote yes on Technology Capital Projects Levy, Resolution #9."
Thank you for supporting our school!
1. The $275,000 levy amount was recommended by the school's tech committee and approved by the school board.
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The State Office OF Public Instruction has a final CERTIFIED budget approved by Lopez School for 2019-2020 that shows an actual enrollment of 227.
I'm sorry you feel that your questions aren't being answered, I will do my best.
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was $5,704,182.00 for 227 students. That
averages out to $25,128.55 per student.
Lopez School has 23.900 full- time teachers and 19.297 full-time staff that
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