Kalispell School District to Float Technology Levy

By Beacon Staff

The Kalispell School District will float a levy of $1.2 million for technology upgrades in its high school and elementary facilities.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to seek funds for infrastructure, software and other technology-related needs within the city’s school system, including staff training. The district will ask residents for 11.31 mills in the elementary district and 4.81 mills in the high school district over 10 years, according to superintendent Darlene Schottle.

The high school district has not had a technology levy in the past three years while the elementary district is in the final year of its levy.

Mail-in ballots will be sent out April 21 and are due back May 6.

Annual property taxes would increase $14.18 for the high school district and $33 for the elementary district for homeowner’s whose house had an assessed value of $200,000.

Kalispell voters approved a $3.35 million bond request for the elementary school district in 2012 to create a new district kitchen and develop eight new classrooms to address overcrowding.

Schottle said the funds would help schools address vital needs related to technology.

The superintendent appeared at this week’s monthly luncheon for the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and explained the situation surrounding the city’s schools.

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