|Updated: 4/24/2013 5:16 pm
||Published: 4/24/2013 10:52 am
Next month voters will be asked to approve Smart and Secure, a $38 million bond issue for Tulsa Public Schools.
Tuesday district leaders met to discuss the bond issue they say will cost the average $100,000 dollar household about 10 cents a day.
Administrators say more than 50% of surveyed teachers said ideally each of the district’s 10,000 students should have a laptop of tablet. That won’t happen just yet, but if this bond passes, more than $15 million will go to make sure more laptops are accessible.
TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard says Tulsa Public Schools deal with a technology deficit every day. Administrators, like Ellen Deucker, say the proposed bond issue will help “by providing funding for the schools to use to purchase equipment, both for the teachers and for the students.”
FOX23 News found some of the big ticket items your money would fund. There’s the $15 million for classroom computers, tablets and software upgrades for students.
The second biggest price tag, $6 million, will go toward equipment for teachers. The goal is “standardize” the technology in all the district’s classrooms with devices like interactive whiteboards and wireless internet.
Deucker says, “Bond funds can't be used to staff schools, but they can be used to get great equipment into the hands of our teachers who will use that to teach more effectively.”
As safety is also a top priority, the third most costly item will be more than $3.5 million toward sprinkler systems, and installing them in the district’s 11 wood school building.
Other appropriations for the bond issue funds include $1.8 million for district wide wireless equipment, $3.7 million for multi-functioning printing equipment, and 2.75 million for district wide security upgrades, including a mass notification system in the case of emergencies.
Deucker says the biggest challenge in getting the bond pass is getting people out to vote.
“It's a single item election,” she says. “So it's the only thing that's going to be on the ballot May 14.”
Administrators say classroom technology items will be distributed at $337 per student, and the idea is to have desktop and laptop computers that are five years old or newer.
The bond required a super majority vote of 60%.