On February 25, the one-year anniversary of the MAISD Technology and Security Enhancement Millage, we issued our first Accountability Report as promised back in 2014. Because only 62% of the tax revenues were collected as of January 31, this first report is more general in nature. The MAISD will work closely with school leaders to create a more detailed, district specific report to follow in late summer, after all revenues have been received for the year.
The report includes a district specific breakdown of the $2,658,925 in tax revenues distributed as of January 31 to our local school districts, and an estimate of the total funds yet to be collected and distributed by July 1. In all, school districts will receive approximately $4.3 million each year for the next 10 years. This amount will vary based on actual tax dollars collected by municipalities.
School districts report that millage funds have been spent on instructional technology including personal learning devices for students ($1,397,460), professional development ($29,371), security ($520,272) and technology support ($526,757). The report includes a quote from Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Jon Felske about the quick turnaround and accuracy of the fund distribution.
The importance of added security, more robust Internet connections, personal learning devices, and professional development for teachers are described in the report. Online links to three video clips featuring summer teacher training, law enforcement officials discussing their work with local school districts, and highlights of school security improvements are featured as well.
I would like to thank the local school districts for providing the information and photographs needed to complete this first report for our taxpayers. It is a great reflection of our work together as we strive to meet the vision that every student graduates.
Dr. John Severson
Muskegon Area ISD Superintendent