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School Board discusses proposed levies to help update technology

By Kyle Benjamin, Weekend Anchor, kbenjamin@keci.com
Published On: Feb 07 2013 08:33:39 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 07 2013 10:58:28 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A school board work group met Thursday evening to discuss new proposed tech levies. 

NBC Montana learned that the levies would account for a combined $824,000 addition to the technology budget for the school district.

The meeting was informal, geared to answering questions board members may have, in preparation for the scheduled monthly board meeting on Tuesday, February 12.

One would increase the annual levy for K-8 by $548,000 -- from $302,000 to $850,000. The other would bump the annual high school levy $300,000 -- from $450,000 to $750,000.

The changes would cost a homeowner with a $200,000 assessed property value an additional $18.88 per year, or around $1.57 a month.

Missoula County School Superintendent Dr. Alex Apostle says the money is needed to help keep students competitive as the world evolves.

"[It is] extremely important as it relates to make sure that when our students graduate from high school, they're prepared for the 21st century...They're going to need these skills to survive," says Apostle.

"The world is constantly changing and we have a responsibility to each and every student. Not only the school district, but our community. That will ensure the future of Missoula, the state of Montana and our country," says Apostle. "We want our students to not only compete on the world stage, but to win."

If approved by the school board, the levies would be included on the school election ballot, set to be mailed out sometime in mid-April.