Technology and Security Enhancement Millage
The eleven local Boards of Education from Muskegon County school districts have unanimously asked the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District to renew the Regional Enhancement Millage for Technology & Security on May 2, 2023. In 2014, Muskegon County voters approved a 1.0 mill rate to support school safety, security, and technology. This millage provides local school districts with the funds to improve the security and technology in their facilities. Districts have the flexibility to decide how to allocate the funds to best meet their individual needs. Holton has used these funds to support a variety of technology and security resources including:
- New and upgraded personal learning devices across all grade levels
- Security upgrades, including added cameras, single and secure points of entry; bus cameras, key card access
- School Resource Officer (Also supported by Blue Lake Township and Cedar Creek Township and partially supported by FY23 grant funds awarded by the state of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police.)
- Expanded training and support for teachers
- Improved technical support
- Maintaining infrastructure to accommodate multiple learning devices
- Sustaining and maintaining current technology
Each year, Holton Public Schools has released an annual report outlining how these funds were used. You can view each of these reports below. This investment by our taxpayers is having a direct impact on the resources we are able to provide to our students and staff. Renewing this enhancement millage will allow Holton Public Schools to continue to support learning environments with access to high quality technology and support the safety and security of our students and staff. On May 2, 2023, voters will consider this ballot proposal at a rate of 0.9831 mill for a period of 10 years, 2024 to 2033. The actual ballot language and other Frequently Asked Questions can be found linked below.
Holton Public Schools is very fortunate to be able to benefit from this funding source, and we will assure you that we will be good stewards of this revenue and invest it wisely, as we improve the security of our schools and provide relevant learning experiences that prepare children for life filled with technological innovation. Thank You for your support of Holton Public Schools!
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The Muskegon County Technology and Security Enhancement Millage Renewal
Technology and Security Millage Accountability Reports
The eleven (11) Boards of Education from Muskegon County school districts have unanimously asked the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District to renew the Regional Enhancement Millage on May 2, 2023. For more information pertaining to the renewal request, please click on the expandable text boxes below:
Press Release - May 2, 2023 Renewal Request
February 9, 2023
Ben Kalb, Director of Communication, (720) 899-1529 or email@example.com
Re: Technology and Security Millage Renewal
Muskegon County, MI - The eleven Boards of Education from Muskegon County school districts have unanimously asked the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District to renew the Regional Enhancement Millage on May 2, 2023.
In 2014, Muskegon County voters approved a one-mill increase to support school safety and technology. This millage provides local school districts with the funds to improve their facilities. Districts have the flexibility to decide how to allocate the funds to best meet their individual needs. Some have installed security cameras, others have hired School Resource Officers, and others have modernized their classroom technology and improved building security. Details for how each district has spent these funds can be found in annual accountability reports on each district's website.
“As voters consider renewing this millage, I’d encourage them to read the accountability reports and see exactly how districts used these funds to upgrade security and technology,” said Matt Cortez, Superintendent for Muskegon Public Schools.
“The partnerships between schools and local law enforcement have increased because of this millage,” said Michael Poulin, Muskegon County Sheriff.
“The funds from the 2014 millage have allowed us to make significant investments in infrastructure that support the safety and security of our students,” said Bill O’Brien, Superintendent of Mona Shores Public Schools. “According to research, digital literacy is one of the most sought-after skills for future careers. The 2014 millage has allowed us to provide students with access to technology enabling them to develop this critical competency.” By law, an Intermediate School District is the only entity able to request or renew a county-wide millage on behalf of local school districts and must distribute the money to the school districts based on student enrollment.
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