Inver Grove Heights voters to decide on school technology funds

/ 26 March 2012 / jennifer

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, March 26, 2012 –

Inver Grove Heights voters go to the polls Tuesday, March 27, to decide a district tax request for technology improvements and maintenance over the next decade.

If approved, the measure would raise $700,000 a year, or $7 million total, and would free up money from the general fund now earmarked for technology. The district now spends about $1 million on technology each year from the general fund.

Voters rejected a similar request in November.

“Everything now has to come out of one budget, and we only have so many dollars to go around,” said Deirdre Wells, district superintendent. “The need has not gone away.”

Inver Grove Heights is one of many Twin Cities school districts looking for ways to bring more technology to the classroom. Inver Grove schools now have about 750 iPads in a district of about 3,800 students.

School leaders across the Twin Cities have embraced devices like the iPad, pointing to ease of use and a number of free or low-cost software options that enhance learning.

A dedicated source of technology funding would help the district transition to a more digital learning environment, Wells said.

The district is developing a technology plan to guide that transition if the levy is approved. It includes replacing old technology, updating software, transitioning to digital textbooks and improving the district’s Internet infrastructure.

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