Olympia considers tech levy for schools

lpemberton@theolympian.comNovember 11, 2013 

The Olympia School Board will consider a resolution Tuesday that could put a technology levy measure before voters in February.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia.

If approved, the levy would replace the district’s current tech levy, which expires in 2014. It would collect about $4.48 million in 2015, about $3.3 million in 2016, about $2.71 million in 2017 and about $2.72 million in 2018.

The levy would cost homeowners between 34 and 62 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value, according to materials in the board’s agenda packet.

The district’s 2010 tech levy paid for a variety of instructional and operational technologies in schools, computer lab upgrades, infrastructure upgrades and other tech enhancements.

According to a report from district staff, money from the levy would be used, in part, as follows:

 • $3.23 million to purchase 1,200 desktops in labs and libraries, portable computing devices for students, and 150 desktops or laptops for nonclassroom staff.

 • $1.45 million for instructional technology specialists.

 • $650,000 for teacher training on technology integration.

 • $805,000 for classroom technology upgrades, including replacements of projectors and document cameras and audio systems.

 • $600,000 for online subscription-based services.

 • $120,000 for technology for special education programs.

 • $1.24 million for operational support staff, including a network systems analyst.

 • $880,000 for infrastructure upgrades; $820,000 for technical support agreements.

 • $360,000 for digital resources development.

 • $2.35 million for security cameras in schools and buses, panic buttons and other safety systems.

 • $120,000 for data warehouse system.

 • $570,000 for learning collaboration systems such as Web conference tools, mobile apps, email system improvements and staff training.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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