As we face dismal forecasts from Lansing for the 2014-15 school year, there is a bright spot in school finance. It comes in the form of a $4.3 million annual enhancement millage for technology and security. Together, we worked hard for over a year to explain this unique and collaborative concept to our voters. Thanks to the efforts of our school board, staff, and parents, our voters understood the need, benefit, and urgency. It is awesome to think that 27,000 children will now have safer schools and improved technology tools over the next ten years!
Local districts are currently challenged with sorting through the many needs that require immediate attention, and those that must wait to be addressed in future years. At the MAISD, we are focused on supporting districts throughout their planning and decision making process by facilitating discussions and cooperative purchasing agreements with vendors that will stretch the millage funds as far as possible. Once the millage funding begins to flow, school boards will oversee their expenditures.
In addition, all eleven local public school district superintendents have agreed to publish a series of Technology and Security Accountability Reports. These comprehensive, countywide reports will detail the use of funds generated by the millage based on an annual data collection. The reports will be posted on school district websites and will be released to news media. The first report will be released by February 25, 2015.
This will be a great opportunity to share the positive impacts of these upgrades and remind our voters about the difference they have made in the lives of our students.
David L. Sipka
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