On February 9th, 2016, Fife School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on a Instructional Technology Capital Levy. This is an important vote for students and teachers. Access to technology, technological tools, and learning resources is critical for today’s students’ success.

Last spring, the Fife School District conducted focus groups to collect data as the initial step of building a five year strategic plan. The focus groups included parents, students, business leaders, community leaders, teachers, and administrators. Our task was to identify strategic goals for our district. One of the resulting strategic goals is for every student to be college and career ready. College and career ready students need technological skills and the accompanying technology to learn and develop skills in all content areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are some frequently asked questions about this technology levy. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

What is a Technology Capital Projects Levy?

State funding does not adequately cover the cost of technology. This levy will allow the district to maintain and upgrade instructional technology, supporting systems, and infrastructure such as the network.

Has the Fife School District had technology levies before?

Yes. And this is a reinstatement of our previous technology levy. Over the past ten years, the Fife School District has run two successful technology levies.

What did we do with the previous technology levies?

These levies focused on providing teachers with basic instructional tools including computers, classroom presentation equipment, and software. The levies helped us build our network and the infrastructure to support a growing number of devices and users. The levies also provided a number of student computers in the form of some computer labs, some carts, and some classroom computers.

How will this reinstated technology levy help students and teachers?

  • Increase student access and equity using technology

  • A computer available for every student, every day

  • Upgrade existing teacher computers and software

  • Upgrade and increase instructional technology

  • Upgrade and maintain district network, infrastructure, and supporting systems

What does "a computer available for every student, every day" mean?

Currently, Fife has some computers available for student use. These consist of computer labs, some computer carts that can be wheeled into a classroom and shared between teachers, and a few computer stations in classrooms. But that presents a challenge when a teacher wants to consistently use technology as part of daily instruction. There are many great tools and curricular resources online but it's difficult to utilize them when a teacher needs to share computers with other classes or students need to share within a class.

This technology levy will fund a "one to one initiative". That means we'll purchase enough devices so that every student can use a device at any time as directed by the teacher: one computer for one student.

What do you mean by access and equity using technology?

We believe that every student should have consistent access to technology, not only to learn technological skills, but to access 21st century curriculum, learning tools, and online resources. Every student should have consistent access to technology tools regardless of family income.

How will these computers be used on a daily basis?

One of the great benefits to each student having a computer is the ability for the district to consider digital "open source" curriculum. This is free, online curriculum that aligns to state learning standards. Unlike textbooks, this type of curriculum is easy to update, is dynamic with media-rich content, and is free. Instead of spending money on purchasing expensive textbooks that don't change and are hard to carry around, the district can instead spend money on other priorities. Open source digital resources can also be freely available to students and parents at any time, not just while school is in session.

These computers will also allow all students to use other online tools and resources to research, collaborate, and produce work every day.

How much will be collected?

This levy will collect $1,225,000 per year for six years for a total of $7,350,000.

How many years?

This is a six year levy. Collection would start in April of 2017.

What is the projected tax rate?

The estimated rate to be collected is $0.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the first year and projected to decrease in following years. For example, a $200,000 home would cost the homeowner $6.50 per month.

Where can we see examples of how students are using technology?

Please join us for Fife's Science and Technology Showcase where you'll see many great examples of student work in science and demonstrations of the types of technology students currently use. It's at Columbia Junior High on Thursday, January 28th from 6-8pm. All schools and age levels will be represented.

Local District Comparison - Districts typically have two types of levies: Educational Programs and Instructional Technology.  
Current rates are shown for local districts and the estimated 2016 rate for Fife’s proposed Instructional Technology Levy.