2020 LISD Technology Levy

Lopez School Technology Levy approved in the August Election
Posted on 08/10/2020

LISD Technology Renewal 2020- Thank you, voters!

Preliminary results indicate that the Technology and Capital Projects Levy for each of the next four years in the amount of $275,000 per year was approved by the voters with a 68.25% Yes vote. The district would like to thank our voters for continuing to support our school.

The funding will keep Lopez school technology facilities up to date to meet the current and future educational needs of students and will also cover salaries of technology staff at Lopez Island school, freeing up the general fund budget for essential expenses including non-tech related salaries and programs.  The levy will generate funding in the amount of $275,000 for each year of the levy.

What the Technology Levy Has Provided

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.

What's Different with the 2020 Technology Levy

The purpose of this renewal levy is to continue to support technology in education at Lopez School and to fund technology positions and programs. The Lopez Island School Technology Committee and School board made a suggestion for an increase from the original yearly levy amount of $150,000 to $275,000. 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.
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