Investing in technology is a top priority for the Concord School District, with money budgeted for increasing wireless access, providing iPads for students and more in next year’s proposed $72.8 million budget, which was presented to the school board last night.
“We’ve got to make internet accessible to everybody, and making some of these old buildings wireless is more challenging than it might seem at first blush,” Superintendent Chris Rath said.
The proposed budget is up 1.93 percent from last year, largely due to increases in salaries and retirement contributions. The district estimates about $24.5 million in revenue, leaving $46.6 million to taxpayers, which district officials say will set the rate at about $13.44 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Last night’s meeting offered a “30,000-foot view” of the budget, Rath said, and board members will have biweekly meetings over the next two months to go through each section of the budget in more detail.