Aspen School District briefs city council on sales tax expenses |

Aspen School District briefs city council on sales tax expenses

Members of the Aspen School District briefed the Aspen City Council on Tuesday concerning the city’s 0.3 percent sales tax dedicated to education and the areas in which revenue is spent.

The tax accumulated about $1.4 million for the 2013-14 school year. The district spent $410,000 on programs, including college counseling, International Baccalaureate, experiential education, gifted and talented specialists in the areas of math, reading and intervention.

The district spent another $400,000 of the tax revenue on recruiting, training and retaining jobs. The report, which school Superintendent John Maloy delivered, states that Aspen’s limited housing options and cost of living make it difficult place to “close the deal” with top applicants. This year, the district hired 27 new employees, but only one district-housing unit was available for new staff.

The district spent $300,000 of the tax revenue on technology, including an increase in wireless options, purchasing of Chromebooks for one-on-one learning in grades three through seven and the implementation of a “Bring Your Own Device” program in grades eight through 12. There also has been an increase in training staff to teach with modern technology.

Finally, the district spent $260,000 of the tax revenue on special education and $50,000 on professional development.

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