GLENWOOD – Minnewaska Area Schools voters approved both questions on the Nov. 7 ballot: renewing a technology levy and increasing that levy.
The first question, to renew the current levy set in 2014, which raises about $350,000 a year for school technical programs, was passed 1,008 yes to 293 no, according to unofficial results reported by the school district.
The second question, which was dependent on the first, sought to increase the levy to about $500,000 a year for the next 10 years. The tax increase was adopted 905 yes to 399 no.
As a technology levy, funds raised through the increase will go toward classroom technology, including resource subscriptions, phone and security systems, and student devices.
“The overwhelming support demonstrated by our community ensures that (Minnewaska Area Schools) students will continue to have access to the tools necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world over the next 10 years,” said Superintendent Chip Rankin in a publication announcing the results.
The technology levy in the Minnewaska Area Public School District, which serves Glenwood, Starbuck and other nearby communities, was first approved by voters in 2014.
The current levy raises $350,000 a year for 10 years. With approval of the second question, those funds will increase to $500,000 per year for the next 10 years.