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Newhall School District eyes technology spending

Posted: August 20, 2012 2:45 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 2:45 p.m.
 

 

Newhall School District officials will budget the first $3 million in spending from the district’s $60 million Measure E funds at Tuesday’s meeting.

“When we went out to the voters, we said we’re going to do certain things, and one of the big things was to improve technology,” said Newhall Superintendent Marc Winger. “This is our first step toward fulfilling that promise to the voters.”

The money is also budgeted for districtwide modernization such as construction projects like the Newhall Auditorium upgrades.

But technology will be the first block of spending, he said.

“We want to spend $3 million over the next three years, and we want to do that on technology,” Winger said.

For months the district has been researching the best technology for classrooms, Winger said. A committee looked into requests from teachers and community input.

There will also be subtler expenditures that may not be noticed directly by students, but they will improve the school’s bottom line, Winger said.

Energy-management systems are expected to save the district a significant amount in heating and cooling costs throughout the year, the superintendent said.

“We’re talking about energy-technology savings,” Winger said. “It’s little things that add up.”

District officials OK’d putting $20 million in bonds on the market at their Aug. 7 meeting. One ratings agency gave the district its highest possible rating.

“We got the highest rating possible from Standard & Poors,” said board President Christy Smith. “It’s a reflection of our conservative budgeting and the fact that we have been able to hold a reserve that helps us keep pace with the cuts that keep coming from the state.”

psmith@the-signal.com
661-287-5526

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