With Your Vote

Voting “YES” twice on the November referenda ballot will fund safety and security measures, capital improvements, provide upgraded technology for our students, adjust student class sizes and stabilize the compensation of our employees. This is an investment in our children, this city and your future. Here is a brief summary of how the operating levy request for funds will be used, along with a chart identifying the funding each school will receive for technology.

 

Operating Levy Request

We need to prepare our children for today’s technology-enhanced jobs and careers. But we can only do this by providing tools that will help them develop the skills they’ll need upon graduation. This is a core educational belief and school system responsibility.


Purchasing up-to-date and secure information technology will level the Mishawaka playing field compared to other school districts. It will give our children a vital opportunity to succeed in school and in life.


Your Yes votes will create a technology-rich teaching and learning environment that transforms education for Mishawaka students. Merging today’s technology with Mishawaka’s personalized learning environment will help our children excel in a dynamic and evolving world. 


How will School City of Mishawaka spend the dollars on technology?

 

  • Purchase hardware and software for teachers and for students

  • Purchase wireless network infrastructure (fiber and switch electronics)

  • Upgrade the data center with efficient equipment

  • Purchase security systems to protect data including physical security, network and wireless security

  • Provide high speed internet access

  • Provide 1:1 devices for student learning

  • Purchase equipment needed to make classrooms a multi-media learning environment (as other nearby schools are)

  • Update educational offerings with digital content and resources to support teacher instruction and curriculum

  • Adjust class sizes to maximize learning

  • Sustain compensation to retain good teachers and staff

  • Provide teacher training for use of new technology

Strategic Priority Technology Investments By Calendar Year

2017 -- 2018 Calendar Year

  • Student devices will be deployed for grade 7 at JYMS and grade 9 at MHS. (Estimated 385 students per grade level.)

  • 2 Pilot Cart sets of 30 Chromebooks for Grades 3-6 at Twin Branch and Hums. (1)

  • 2 Pilot Cart sets of 30 iPad Air 2 for grades K-2 at Twin Branch and Hums. (1)

  • SCM Staff development and trainings both online and after school (Allocated Stipend Total $54,000). (2)

  • Technology Staff Certification for JYMS and MHS Technology Repair Class ($5,000 each building or $10,000 total).

2018 -- 2019 Academic Year

  • Student devices will be deployed for grade 8 at JYMS* and grade 10 at MHS. (Estimated 385 students per grade level.)

    • * This would complete JYMS as the first SCM school to go 1:1.

  • 1 Pilot Cart sets of 30 Chromebooks for Grades 3-6 at Battell, Beiger, Emmons, LaSalle, and Liberty. (3)

  • 1 Pilot Cart sets of 30 iPad Air 2 for grades K-2 at Battell, Beiger, Emmons, LaSalle, and Liberty. (3)

  • SCM Staff development and trainings both online and after school (Allocated Stipend Total $54,000). (2)

2019 -- 2020 Academic Year

  • Student devices deployed for grade 6 and grades 11 and 12 at MHS.* (Estimated 385 students per grade level.) (3)

    • * This would complete MHS as the second SCM school to go 1:1.

  • SCM Staff development and trainings both online and after school (Allocated Stipend Total $54,000). (4)

2020 - 2021 Academic Year

  • Student devics deployed for grades 3, 4, and 5. (Estimated 385 students per grade level.)

  • All SCM staff training (2 full days) for E-learning, LMS training, and Blended Learning Curriculum Alignment ($138,380 total). (4)

2021 -- 2022 Academic Year

  • Student devices deployed for grades K, 1, and 2.* (Estimated 385 students per grade level.)

    • * This would complete all elementary buildings and all SCM schools will have full 1:1 implementation.

  • All SCM staff training (2 full days) for E-learnin, LMS training, and Blended Learning Curriculum Alignment ($141,840 total). (4)

2022 -- 2023 Academic Year

  • Student devices refreshed for grade 7 at JYMS and grade 9 at MHS. (Estimated 385 students per grade level.)

  • All SCM staff training (2 full days) for E-learning, LMS training, and Blended Learning Curriculum Alignment ($145,390 total.) (4)

2023 -- 2024 Academic Year

  • Student devices refreshed for grade 8 at JYMS and grade 10 at MHS. (Estimated 385 students per grade level.)

  • All SCM staff training (2 full days) for E-learning, LMS training, and Blended Learning Curriculum Alignment ($149,020 total) (4)

(1) Twin Branch and Hums are receiving technology in the first phase in an effort to make technology "equitable" throughout the district.

(2) The stipend amount will be negotiated with the MEA.

(3) The 5 elementary schools cited are only receiving 1 cart of each device as they are Title I schools that have been able to purchase technology in the past.

(4) The stipend amount will be negotiated with the MEA.

Click here for complete Technology budget details.