It could soon cost more to send your child to
The school board approved a first resolution
for a 5-point-5 mill levy to be placed on the November ballot.
This would cost $168 a year on a $100,000
Unlike many levies that ask for money to
stave off cuts, this board says the majority of the money will go towards
improved technology and tightened security at all of the schools throughout the
In the last three years, three school tax
hikes in the Lakota school system have been rejected, but the board is at it
again. This time, the vast majority of $13.5 million dollars would be invested
in a multi-year technology upgrade program something resident Bill Deaton says
is essential to the district.
"I've got two grandkids and they're more
smart at the computer than I ever thought about being and so the kids need
it," Bill Deaton.
The board says upon approval of the levy,
more than six million dollars would go towards beefing up security. This
includes tripling the number of police officers and sheriff’s deputies in
schools as well as physical changes to the buildings.
"You never know when you could expect
something to happen. If you got more people there, more police officers, it's
less likely to happen," Bill Deaton.
In our commitment to balanced news, some say
they don't agree with any increase in taxes.
"I don't want to spend any more money on
taxes than anyone else," Sheri Frey.
"Nobody wants to hear about higher taxes
but then when you think about our kids you can't do enough. If it's the last
dollar I had I would give it to the kids," Bill Deaton.
Sheri Frey has kids in the Lakota school
system and she says she supports the levy but only if it's fair to everyone.
"I do look for the people that are on
the fixed income and how somewhere we can meet in the middle and come to a compromise,"
Frey adds it is nice to see a levy going
towards something other than balancing a budget or involving layoffs.
"It's not about giving our teaches and
our administrators raises. It's providing a better education for our
kids," Sheri Frey.
board will take its second and final vote on July 8th to determine if the levy
will be on the fall ballot.