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Lanesboro School Board looking at improving technology

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from High School Principal Brett Clarke at their meeting on April 19. Clarke was excited to share with them something the school had been talking about for years. With him he had two different netbook computers that he and Superintendent Jeff Boggs had been trying out. His goal is to have one for every student in grades 9-12.

“We would like to increase access to technology, and put these in the hands of every, or almost every, high school student,” said Clarke.

Clarke explained the netbooks he tried are very durable, and are built for educational purposes. He believes having access to one will benefit the students, as they will be able to take it with them everywhere.

The cost of one of them is around $500-600, which is comparable to an iPad. Clarke said they thought about iPads, but felt these would be better for high school students.

Ideally each student would keep the same netbook throughout their high school years. Teachers would have to be trained as well, and would have to incorporate them into their curriculum. They would also have to adopt a policy for them, and discuss consequences of students misusing them.

The board approved Clarke and Boggs moving forward and getting more information for the next meeting.

Local Literacy Plan

Elementary Principal James Semmen explained to the board that there is a Minnesota State Statute that requires each district to adopt a Local Literacy Plan. The goal is to have every child reading at or above their grade level. They need to report their plan of intervention, how they will be informing parents, and how they identify staff needs. The report must be adopted annually by June 1, and posted on the school web site. They also need to send it to the Commissioner of Education each year by June 30. Semmen said he has already prepared the plan, and the board approved it.

Elementary Staffing

Semmen told the board they have made some adjustments to the teaching staff at the elementary school. The original plan was to have the third grade teacher stay for one year, but the school has acquired a few more students. Next year there will be a first grade, first and second combined, third grade, third and fourth combined, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. This will help keep the classes a smaller size.

Other Business

Boggs reminded everyone about the Awards Ceremony, which will be held on April 29 at 6pm at Eagle Bluff. He said this is the 16th year they have had a former student speak. This year the speaker will be Paul Ruen.

The board approved a bid from Pam Ristau for the audit at $7,480, which is the same as last year.

The board also approved membership in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).

The board members recognized the accomplishments of the band and choir members, as they performed very well at a large group competition.

The next board meeting was changed to Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

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