About the Capital Projects Levy for Technology (Tech Levy) Renewal

Click here or on the video below to watch an informational overview video about our tech levy renewal. The ballot language is available here.

 

A primary source of technology funding at Mahtomedi Public Schools is a voter-approved Capital Projects Levy for Technology (commonly called a technology levy). The technology levy funds staff and student devices, critical technology infrastructure, training and tech support, and essential teaching and learning tools.This levy has been in place since 2002 and is up for renewal by voters in our community on November 2, 2021.

Maintaining (Not Increasing) Our Existing Tax Rate
A renewal of the capital projects levy for technology means maintaining (not increasing) our existing tax rate.  A renewal would provide sustainable, ongoing funding for our current technology devices and technology support for our students and staff.

Responsible Stewards
We remain committed to innovation and being responsible stewards of our resources. Since 2018, our district has worked to reestablish fiscal stability. In 2021, the district budget reserve is now stable and above the Mahtomedi School Board policy of 8%. We have maximized all local, state, and federal grant funding as well as voter-approved funding to support our district’s technology needs. This responsible, mixed-funding approach helped us quickly support and respond to technology needs in our district during COVID-19. We will continue this mixed-funding approach and focus on improving our classroom tools, creating support for instructional innovation, ensuring we maintain our infrastructure and security, and providing critically important staff support and professional learning about technology.

Levy Priorities

With the strategic plan guiding our work, we will move forward with the following funding priorities for the levy renewal:

  • Classroom Technology Tools
    Updated classroom technology that fosters exceptional teaching and innovative learning opportunities. Specifically, replacement of Classroom SMART Boards with updated devices and updated devices for students and staff based on teaching and grade-level learning needs.
  • Instructional Innovation
    As teachers design exceptional learning opportunities for students, the school district will create a system to provide real-time support for innovative instruction.
  • Infrastructure & Data Security
    In order to support classroom technology and innovative teaching and learning, the school district must provide reliable, up-to-date infrastructure and data security. This includes a consistent replacement cycle, the ability to react and upgrade when needs change, and annual proactive audits of technology and data systems.
  • Teacher & Staff Technology Support
    Technology staffing to ensure proactive maintenance, data and online security, ongoing professional development, cross-training, and an emphasis on coordinated and ongoing training for staff.

About the Renewal
  • Renewal means maintaining (not increasing) our existing tax rate.
  • Renewal means sustainable, ongoing funding for current technology devices and technology support for our students and staff.
  • Renewal continues our district’s commitment to being responsible stewards of our resources.
  • Renewal is needed to sustain our technology resources. State and federal grants as well as MAEF will allow us to explore new, innovative ideas and projects with one-time funds.
  • Renewal means our technology funding priorities will be Classroom Technology Tools, Instructional Innovation, Infrastructure & Data Security, and Teacher & Staff Technology Support.
Our Mission

The mission of the Mahtomedi School District, the unified community of courageous hearts and curious minds dedicated to inspiring personal excellence, is to ensure that each student is a bold agent of learning who successfully pursues their passions while advancing the greater good, through a vital system distinguished by:

  • environments that inspire curiosity
  • an inclusive learning community
  • an array of exceptional learning experiences
  • teaching and learning that imparts a global view
  • culture of empathy that empowers the whole person
 









 
 
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