Wayzata School Board Sends Tech Levy to Ballot
This week, the Wayzata School Board unanimously approved a technology levy for the November ballot.
The 10-year levy would bring approximately $5.7 million per year to the district.
The revenue would be used to replace aging school technology.
“That provides funding for our school district to implement technology related devices, and systems and support for teachers and for our students in our classrooms,” said DeeDee Kahring, Wayzata Schools executive director of finance and operations.
It would also be used to pay for staff training, cybersecurity and physical security at schools.
“It will help with our aging infrastructure, and our technology devices,” Kahring said. “All of our teachers have devices that they use on a daily basis. So it’ll make sure that those things continue to stay current and keeping pace with the everchanging technology world.”
The district already has a technology levy in place. As a result, voters won’t increase their property taxes by renewing the levy.
Without the funding, district officials said families could expect to see significant changes to day-to-day learning.
“I think it would change dramatically, right?” Kahring said. “A lot of our lessons and work that the students do every day, they’re using their iPad and their devices for the educational purposes. A big part of this too is our support staff, our technology team and those individuals that help integrate technology into the classrooms.”