STEVENSVILLE — Lakeshore school board trustees have some hard decisions to make now that voters rejected the $21 million bond request for the second time in six months, Superintendent Phil Freeman said during Monday’s board meeting.
The proposal lost by 92 votes last November. On May 8 almost 400 people voted against it.
Freeman said he will meet with the district’s various committees to decide where to go from here.
“Now we’re going to be patching a lot instead of replacing,” he said. “That ends up being a much more costly process than we would have had, but the community has spoken.”
He said the hardest thing for him is that the district won’t be able to make the technology upgrades that had been planned.
“We’re going to get together with our technology team and kind of lay out the plans we will have over the next five years,” he said. “… With the constraints of our budget, we’re going to have to make some changes in what we had planned on doing in our last technology plan.”
After the meeting, he said he would like to have the school’s technology refreshed every four to five years, which is the useful life of most technology.
“We’ll have to make a decision about whether or not that’s still feasible with the resources that we have,” he said.
Freeman said elementary and middle school students have devices they can use at school but don’t take home. High school students can take home their assigned devices, he said.
“We chose a variety of different devices because we want our students to be savvy on different technologies,” he said.
He said it’s important for the school district to provide the technology so all students have equal access.
“The problem with equity is that the difference in resources that are available to our individual students at home make it difficult to expect that they all are going to have the same type of technology at their fingertips,” he said. “We wanted to take that equity issue away.”
He said some programs can’t be updated on old pieces of technology.