2024 Capital Projects & Technology Replacement Levy

  • This Capital Projects and Technology Replacement Levy would support and fund the following:

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    Health & Safety 

    • Healthy air ventilation and cooling systems.
    • Upgrade alarm systems, including intruder alarms and fire alarms; some current alarms are over 20 years old. 
    • Accessible and inclusive playground equipment at elementary schools. 
    • School entrance additions for access control to provide security. 
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    Replacements & Improvements

    • Boiler replacements; some boilers are original to the school building, and some are over 20 years old. 
    • New flooring – replace old, outdated, and heavy traffic-area flooring. Some current flooring is over 20 years old. 
    • Transportation Fueling Center – to address new code compliance. 
    • Fridge/freezer emergency power at Central Kitchen to preserve food during a power outage. 
    • Mill Creek Middle School synthetic field and track as well as high school synthetic fields. 

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    Access to Technology

    • District devices for all students and staff; includes 1:1 tablets/laptops for each student. These are devices that allow digital textbooks for students, which can reduce backpack load and provide digital accessibility and learning tools.   
      • Secondary student and teacher devices are refreshed every four years to optimize performance and battery life, whereas elementary devices can last longer and are replaced as needed.
      • What happens to the secondary and teacher devices after four years?
        • The lowest grade devices that are damaged and not financially viable to repair are disposed of.
        • Devices that are incompatible with software upgrades are also disposed of.
        • Devices that are still able to be used for educational purposes are:
          • Used for summer school or other programs while students’ primary devices are being reimaged over the summer.
          • Used as backups in case student devices are lost/stolen/broken.
          • Given to schools for temporary technology projects or purposes (special state testing or other specific assessments)
          • Full-time running start students are provided a device if needed.
    • Document camera replacement – the current document camera system, known as ELMO, is over 10 years old. 
    • Classroom display refresh – staff and students have access to interactive panels and touch screen devices where they can draw and write directly on the panel screen.  
    • Internet connectivity for students at home to complete homework. 

    Teaching & Learning Tools

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    • Complete Microsoft platform - includes Outlook (district email system), Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Teams – online meetings, video, chat, project management, Microsoft security suite. 
    • Skyward – student information system. Families can access grades, email a teacher, find their student’s report card, report an absence, and much more. This system is the core of student information management. 
    • Canvas – student learning management system: course materials, communication tools, participation and grades; used for day-to-day delivery of instruction to students. 

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    Modernize Infrastructure

    • Phone system updates. 
    • Classroom voice amplification system so that all students can hear the teacher 
    • Intercom systems 50% of our schools’ intercom systems are either failing or components of the system are failing. The intercom system provides communication of information to students and staff in the school building, including safety situations.     
    • Update disaster recovery system for ransomware protection.  
    • Update infrastructure capable of connecting devices faster and more securely. 

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    Teachers & Staff Professional Development

    • Project-Based Learning Training: provide engagement with real-world applications. 
    • Innovative Leaders Cohort: extra service time for educators.
    • AI Training: stay abreast of AI advancements and best practices.
    • Digital & Media Literacy Training: equip educators for responsible digital navigation.

    The Kent School District encourages community members to be informed voters. For additional details, including detailed tax costs, view the 2024 Levy presentation

Why does Kent School District need this Levy?

  • April 23, 2024 - Remember to Vote

    The Capital Projects and Technology Replacement Levy would provide a majority of funding over the next three years for health and safety, replacements and improvements, and technology education. 

    At the board meeting on February 14, 2024, the school board unanimously approved Resolution 1665 Capital Projects and Technology Replacement Levy for the April 23, 2024, ballot. These capital projects were identified as emergent needs of the district in the failed 2023 Bond by the Bond Planning Task Force. The Bond Planning Task Force analyzed data produced from thorough internal and third-party assessments of each facility to determine a list of capital projects.  

    The failed 2023 Bond project list was further refined and prioritized, with input from the community, for the failed 2023 Capital and Technology Levy. The projects are close to the same because those are still the highest priority needs based on professional assessments of Kent School District facilities. 

    The failed 2023 Bond asked for $495,000,000 to fund capital projects. The 2024 Capital Projects and Technology Replacement Levy asks for $190,200,000 for both capital projects and technology over three years.

    A combined assessment of each facility’s building condition, design capacity, and functional performance reveals the district’s capital facility needs at each location. Through a facilitated process, the Task Force reviewed these assessments and developed recommendations that aligned location needs with districtwide initiatives based on core values and best practices for the future of learning environments in Kent School District. 

    The Kent School District remains committed to transparency and accountability in the utilization of all bond and levy funds. Regular updates are provided in the monthly publication, Foundations, to ensure the community is informed about the progress or completion of projects in previously approved bond and levy measures.

Last Modified on April 11, 2024