Referendum to Renew Technology Commitment

Question #1 on the ballot for Montevideo Public Schools in the Nov. 3 election is for renewing support for technology that is set to expire in 2021.

In 2011, voters of the district approved allocating money specifically for improving classroom technology (at $156.76 per pupil). That approval was for a 10-year-period.

  • Technically, taxpayers will not see an increase if this ballot question passes; taxes will remain the same as they have been the past several years.
  • Every single dollar from the current operating referendum has been spent on improving and enhancing classroom technology. None of it has gone towards employee salaries or general technology expenses. 


Here’s a look at what it has supported:

When this referendum was approved, the was severely behind others in the region and in the state when it came to everything that had to do with technology. Most of the classrooms in the district had only a teacher computer, an overhead projector and a 13" color TV.

Now, because of the initial voter-approved referendum, Montevideo Public Schools has become a leader in the region and in the state.

All of the district’s classrooms have:

  • Interactive boards
  • Digital audio systems
  • High-definition displays
  • 1:1 devices for every student grades 1-12

All of this technology is supported by a best-in-class wireless network that provides a dedicated access point in every classroom. Teachers and paraprofessionals also now

More Updates

  • Multi-Media Labs
    The referendum also equipped the multi-media computer labs at the high school with the most current version of key software for students, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, and Autodesk (Autocad). 

  • Interactive Displays
    Teachers just recently gained 39 new 75-inch Ultra 4K mobile interactive displays that are internet-connected with 20 points of touch to enhance student learning and engagement.

  • Strong Backbone
    To support all of this, the district built a network that is completely interconnected between all of its buildings by high-speed fiber optic cable. This ensures that the district is positioned to adopt new technologies as they emerge in the future.


What's the Impact?

Without the voter-approved referendum 9 years ago, all of this (and more) would not have been possible. The difficulties of teaching and learning in a pandemic would have greatly magnified. The district would have needed to rely on sending out packets of printed worksheets rather than connecting with students using synchronous in-person learning.

 

What’s Next
When voters approve the initial referendum in 2011, technology was encouraged in education. Now it is essential to the learning experience.

This referendum aims to provide the support needed to maintain and upgrade technology for students over the next decade.