Technology Levy 2021
On November 2, 2021, Prior Lake-Savage Area School (PLSAS) district residents will be asked to vote on a Technology Levy funding request for our schools.
Funds would help provide our students and staff with the tools, technology infrastructure and support they need to maximize classroom learning and enhance school safety and security.
What is the ballot request?
The request is for a 10-year levy of $3.5 million per year. Technology levy funding would help the district maintain and enhance technology for:
- Up-to-date devices for all students and staff
- Instructional software and online resources
- Classroom equipment
- Student and family communication
- School safety and security systems
- Crisis management
- Staff for technology training, troubleshooting and repairs
- Network infrastructure and operational software
What if the request is approved by voters?
If voters approve the Technology levy request it would enable us to:
- Provide equitable access to instructional technology for all students and staff
- Provide flexibility and adaptability for emerging technologies to make learning more Personalized, Purposeful and Empowered for E-12 students
- Maintain and improve building safety and security
- Keep critical infrastructure systems running safely and efficiently
- Provide additional technology support staff to help students and staff with digital device troubleshooting, repairs and provide staff training in using new technologies
What if the request is not approved by voters?
Without this funding, the costs of technology equipment and staff would continue to put pressure on the general operating budget, competing for dollars required for other classroom and school needs. We would be unable to keep up with technology updates for students, staff, classrooms and schools. The resulting cuts would impact our ability to provide personalized learning experiences and meet the commitments in our Strategic Plan.
The School Board’s decision to place the technology levy on the ballot is the culmination of a year of discussion, planning and listening to district staff, students and community.
- Technology is currently paid for from our general operating budget, so a dedicated source of technology funding would free up money for other student and classroom needs.
- While we are grateful for any additional state funding, for nearly two decades state funding has not kept pace with inflation or increasing educational costs.
- Critical state-mandated programs to support student needs cost the district millions more than it receives each year, putting additional pressure on the district’s general operating budget.
- We have made $5 million in budget adjustments in the past two school years, and anticipate another $2 million in adjustments in the year ahead.
- Our COVID-related expenses and revenue losses were nearly twice as high as the funding we received from the state and federal government to cover them, leaving us with a roughly $4 million COVID-related deficit.