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District proposes technology levy

— Voters in the Okanogan School District will be asked to decide on a technology levy in the Feb. 11, 2014, special election.

The School Board decided last Monday to seek voter approval of the four-year measure for $271,389 per year. It would be collected in 2015-18, and would replace the current technology levy, which runs out in 2014.

“The purpose of this proposed levy is to provide a basic technology program, which will allow students to use technology as a tool to reach academic, vocational and career goals,” Superintendent Richard Johnson said. “This purpose supports the district’s mission of graduating students who have technological background for post-secondary education and employment opportunities.”

The projected tax rate is the same as for the current technology levy, 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $98 for property assessed at $100,000.

Johnson said the levy will continue to support the district’s basic technology program by allowing:

• Purchase of student learning and teacher instruction tools.

• Repair and installation of computer hardware and software.

• Training of staff to incorporate technology into daily lessons.

• Improved communication between school and community.

• Preparation of students for post-secondary academic and vocational programs.

He said senior citizens who make $35,000 or less a year may qualify for exemption from the levy. The Okanogan County Assessor’s Office has more information. Taxpayers who itemize deductions may be able to write off the tax.

In other business, the board:

• Heard a report from board member Jane Cline and Johnson on the Washington State School Directors Association convention.

• Hired Lisa Peterson as a para-educator at Virginia Grainger Elementary School. She succeeds Becky Selvidge.

• Hired Diane Sandoval as a custodian. She succeeds Dennis Ayika.

• Accepted the resignation of computer technician Baron McGaha. He is leaving for a post at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak.

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