The Diocese of Lincoln was blessed to receive funding from a private foundation that provided the funds each year to pay for the technology, software and technical support personnel for our Catholic schools. This donation has averaged $1.5 million to $2 million per year. Their generosity and support of our Catholic schools cannot be under-estimated.
Thanks to their significant gift, a centralized Technology Department was created. Through the years, the Technology leadership team and their employees have been able to successfully guide the technical advancement in our schools and have kept our students and staff safe and secure in their use of technology and the Internet.
The donor funding will be winding down over three years and the financial support will end in the 2021-2022 school year. We are grateful for the donor’s technical guidance and their steadfast support of Catholic Education.
Moving forward, the funding of educational technology must increasingly be borne by the schools as part of normal operational costs. To that end, beginning in August 2020, the Diocese will introduce a fee to cover the expenses involved with providing educational technology to the schools.
The technology fee will be phased in over the next several years. Parents will be responsible for paying a partial fee beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and will be responsible for paying the full fee at the start of the 2022-23 school year, when the donor support has ended. A chart containing the fee structure for the next three years is below.
To cover this cost, the Diocese of Lincoln will charge each student a technology fee of $225 for the 2020-2021 school year, in addition to the cost of tuition.
We are continually focused on providing an excellent Catholic education to all of our students and a state-of-the art technology program that is safe and secure will always be an integral part of that effort. We are grateful for your continued support and for the sacrifices you make to send your children to Catholic school.