In the past few months members of our local district and ISD boards of education, school leaders and staff have been talking with many citizens about the Technology and Security Enhancement Millage. During this time of answering questions and sharing ideas, we have had requests to report back on how the dollars generated from the millage are actually spent.
After a discussion with the eleven local public school district superintendents, we agreed to publish a series of Technology and Security Accountability Reports. These reports will detail the use of funds generated by a successful February 25 millage vote. The MAISD will gather data annually to compile the comprehensive, countywide report. The reports will be posted on school district websites and will be released to news media. Printed copies will also be available in school district and MAISD offices. If voters approve the millage on February 25, 2014, the first report will be released by February 25, 2015.
This is the first time the MAISD and local districts have asked voters to approve an enhancement millage. It is new to our community and unique in the way all dollars are given back to local districts on a per-student basis. Accountability reports will keep schools focused on delivering what they have promised in the areas of technology and security.
So, our job this week is to vote on February 25, 2014. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If the millage passes, our job next week is to begin the work of figuring out which needs require immediate attention, and which will be addressed in future years. While this process of sorting and prioritizing needs may vary by school district, we all have one thing in common: every elected school board of education has complete control and oversight of the expenditure of millage funds.
A year from now I look forward to reading the amazing ways each school community has chosen to support students with safer schools and improved technology. Please remember to vote. Every vote counts.
David L. Sipka
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