Clawson Public Schools are asking voters for a 1.3-mill technology bond in the May 3 election to fund the purchase of new technology in each school building. Here are a few basic facts about the proposal:
- The 1.3-mill bond will generate the $4 million the district needs to buy new equipment.
- If the millage passes, the schools plan to purchase equipment including smart boards, desktop and laptop computers, curricular software, smart clickers, wireless Internet in common rooms and enhanced classroom phone systems.
- The district hasn't purchased all-new equipment for the school buildings in 10 years, so seniors are using the same technology they used in second grade.
- The millage would cost the average Clawson homeowner an additional $65 a year, based on an average assessment value of about $100,000 for Clawson homes.
- The district has been working with Oakland Schools, Tek 3 Data Services Inc. in Madison Heights and Flint-based Convergent Technology Partners to assess the technology needs of each school to determine what electronic curricula will be most useful for students and teachers.
- Some of the new technology would be installed this summer, in time for next school year, while the rest would be installed over time, the district said.
- Teachers say they are unable to use many of the free online programs for math, science and language arts lessons because the computers won't run them.