In establishing a technology sustainability plan for the Glendale Unified School District, its chief business and financial officer is recommending school officials use the $3.66 million in one-time funding received in 2017-18 from the state to lease new laptops for teachers for the next three years.
After three years, Stephen Dickinson said during a school board meeting last week the district could depend on the one-time funding by allocating $1.23 million annually.
In a phone interview, Dickinson said the district has received over $3 million annually for the past five years.
If the district’s General Fund is balanced in the near future, he said officials could then shift expenses to that fund as a long-term solution.
In addition, the district will face a one-time cost of $66,000 to purchase wireless projectors.
Dickinson described the technology sustainability plan akin to maintaining a facility or vehicle, saying it will always require upgrades and could result in “a huge bill” in the future if left ignored.
Board member Jennifer Freemon asked district staff to look into how other districts are successfully maintaining their technology.
Concerned with a potential ongoing cost of $1.23 million, Greg Krikorian, board vice president, heeded caution because the district could face a structural deficit.
He asked staff to inform board members about the possibility of long-term financial impacts and could that affect student achievement through “ripple effects.”
Dickinson said the school board is expected to take action on a combination of items during its Oct. 3 meeting. Board members are scheduled…
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