Board OKs $1 million in spending
Looking toward the next school year, the Parkland School board approved more than $1 million for purchasing new technology devices and updating existing computers.
The largest expense is $710,125 for 2,300 Chromebooks for middle school students in grades six through eight.
At the May 16 meeting, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith explained during the May 16 meeting the district has a three-year plan for ensuring every student in grades three through 12 has a technology device.
She said a Chromebook is a small laptop with a keyboard that also has the capability of a tablet.
As the school program becomes more digital, the district is striving for digital equity, Smith said.
“We want to make sure no student does not have access to a device they need,” Smith said. “We’re excited about that.”
The board approved $308,486 for purchase of new laptops for all high school teachers and an update of computer labs to be undertaken this summer.
Another technology expenditure is $78,102 for an iPad cart with 30 devices on it for each elementary school.
The Apple device will be used in kindergarten through second grade.
The board recognized this year’s Teacher Technology Integrators, one individual from each school who uses technology in a particularly innovative way to enhance education.
J.R. Renna, coordinator of education technologies, introduced each teacher and provided comments on each one’s efforts.
Technology innovators for 2016-17 are Jarrod Neff, PHS; Tracy Hartenstine, OMS; Erica Lutri, SMS; Emily Hamm, Cetronia; Samantha Edwards, Fogelsville; Luke Boltz, Jaindl; Kasey Celona, Ironton; Angela Little, Kernsville; Derrick Green, Kratzer; Lee Moyer, Parkway Manor; and Sara Marsch, Schnecksville.
Renna offered kudos to each of them.
“Thank you to all of our innovators for being awesome,” Renna said. “Thank you teachers, for being enthusiastic and for letting that enthusiasm spread throughout your building.”
Board President David Kennedy said the money the board approved for technology shows the district is serious about technology.