New technology levy funds will combine with district funding to pay for student and staff devices, hardware, software, licensing and infrastructure, and other tools as designated to be age-appropriate and enhance the district’s curriculum and learning goals.
LEARNING – Implement a dedicated Director of Teaching and Learning who will partner with our Director of Technology, Data, and Assessment. Emphasis will be on digital citizenship and integrated, effective instruction and equitable access. (Commitments 1, 2, & 3)
TRAINING & SUPPORT – Hire Instructional Coaches to support core instruction that integrates technology with strong professional development and collaboration time for all staff to provide high-quality instruction. (Commitments 1 & 3)
FUNDING – Provide consistent, reliable funding to enable a technology initiative of one device per student for middle and high school students; a minimum of one device per two students in each classroom for elementary to encourage collaboration; a cohesive plan of implementation integrating staff training with instructional materials; and a reliable infrastructure and devices for all learning spaces. (Commitments 1, 2, & 3)
COMMUNICATION & ASSESSMENT – Create a system for ongoing communication with our community about the use and impact of technology in the district. Monitor and share the success of the initiative through an annual review of student and staff technical competency, equipment inventories, and community surveys. (Commitment 4)
Meridian School District has a commitment to school safety, security, and emergency preparedness. Our technology infrastructure incorporates campus safety, secure access points and security cameras as well as ensuring lines of communication and emergency power are uninterrupted. We commit to continued improvements to remain updated and operational.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE TECHNOLOGY LEVY PROPOSAL?
The district is requesting authorization of $644,403 for 2021, $683,067 for 2022, $724,051 for 2023, and $767,494 for 2024.
HOW MUCH WILL THE PROPOSED TECHNOLOGY LEVY COST?
If approved, the levy would cost taxpayers a projected $.40 per $1,000 of assessed home value.