Why does BISD need a Technology Levy?
BISD’s technology funding is primarily provided by the Bainbridge Island community. Like other WA state school districts, BISD receives no dedicated state funding for technology hardware, software, or services/support.
Student access to technology is imperative. Future employers and higher-ed institutions expect students to have technology skills and experience. Technology expertise is no longer reserved for engineers or scientists, technology skills are important to compete in today’s job market.
BISD’s ability to respond to COVID-19 would have been extremely difficult without the Tech Levy, from 1:1 student devices to funds for technology staff training, etc.