Tahoma School District has operated without this funding source for the last two years. It has put a strain on Tahoma’s classroom technology as the district chose to reduce operations while using funds from reserves to continue basic technology operations. The situation is not sustainable.
Technology is integral to 21st century learning in our schools. Funding is essential for our district to continue using reliable technology in all schools and classrooms. The Technology levy on the February 2020 ballot is a modest ask to ensure students have the learning tools they need. The levy funds much needed computers, software, support, training, and infrastructure.
The ballot measure proposed by Tahoma S.D. asks for less than 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, which raises $3.9 million the first year and $4.3 million each of the remaining years of the four-year levy. The district will spend technology money according to a plan created and published after spending a year exploring options and working with committees of parents and district staff to determine the best path for our students and teachers. Read more from the district about the proposed Technology levy on the TSD site.
Our students and teachers need the Technology levy to pass. Online learning plays an important role in many of our classes. Even the SBA test is delivered electronically. At the very minimum our students and teachers need to be able to use reliable computers that efficiently connect to the internet.