An alternative to a tech bond?

No matter how you feel about the technology bond proposal being discussed by the school board lately, I recommend you read ex-school board treasurer Brendan Walsh’s blog proposing an alternative to the original proposal. Breaking the shopping list into must-haves and nice-to-haves, he posits that maybe there’s a better way to skin this particular cat, and get the cost to taxpayers down from 2.2 mills to 0.5.

Posted at 8:08 pm in Education |

3 responses to “An alternative to a tech bond?”

  1. GP For Life said on August 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

    “Security Investments. This assumes the community really feels we need to add nearly 600 cameras in and around our schools and implement a security swipe entry system. (Anyone recall how the high school students rebelled against lanyards?) In any case, phase into this $1.7 million investment from the Sinking Fund.”

    Why not just get metal detectors, too? Seriously? While, I am not opposed to funding our schools at negative real rates, I am opposed to spending just to spend. This would appear to be unjustified to me.

  2. Sheri Kam said on August 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    While many people will try to cherry pick their pet projects for any large project, I will pose this challenge to anyone in the community. Bring your favorite device to one of our High Schools (not while school is in session) and attempt to communicate. Make an appointment with any of the computer labs to see the equipment “warm up,” or send information from one department to another. It is at this point it will become obvious that the upgrades are necessary, and not just nice to have. It is the the district’s job, with partnership of the BOE to prioritize all upgrades (equipment, curriculum, technology, departmental, and social) for our students. The blueprint will lay out the absolutes and the add-ons. It is to this we all need to pay attention.

  3. Kathy said on January 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    “Upgrades are necessary…” Yes, no one is disputing this point. The spending in question is the part of the plan not related to technology in the classroom–the cameras, the security doors, the more than 1:1 allotment of devices.

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