Purdy schools commit new funds to technology program

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tax levy increase helping with computer, support costs

The Purdy school district has committed funds as pledged to the acquisition and support of more technology for education.

Anna Marie Erwin, school board secretary, reported the district has received the bulk of its property tax income for the 2015 cycle. Higher receipts have gone into a new fund to support the district's technology initiative, which began this year.

At the district's tax levy hearing in August, board members opted to raised the operating levy from the state minimum to the authorized ceiling. Instead of renewing the levy at $2.75 per $100 of assessed property, the board raised the total to $2.81, authorized as the district's ceiling by the state auditor.

However, Irwin said board members were not content adding the additional money to the general fund. Instead, they voted to create a special technology support fund, with the extra 6.05 cents on the levy. Funds would only go toward the purchase of more devices, such as iPads and laptop computers used by students, and related costs to maintain them.

In July 2014, the board approved a $359,800 three-year deal with Apple Computers to lease 280 iPad Air models and 300 more iPads, with less memory, for younger students. The deal provided a device for every student from third grade through high school.

Tax receipts to date placed $13,959.55 in the technology support fund. The regular incidental fund received $634,525.21 for general instruction, and $168,437.59 went into the debt service.

Irwin observed tax revenue to date is only $18 short of projections for the technology fund for the year.

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