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Lanesboro School Board approves computer purchases for high school students

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

In the fall, Lanesboro students in grades 9-12 will each be receiving their own personal tablet computer. High school Principal Brett Clarke and Superintendent Jeff Boggs have been researching different computers and discussing their ideas for implementing them into the curriculum of these students.

Clarke said there are many reasons that this will benefit the students, but he outlined just a few of them. He added that there would need to be days dedicated to staff development, and they recently had a technology meeting to get an action plan together. He said there has been a lot of positive feedback from the staff.

Clarke stated that the kids would have access to information anywhere and there is a possibility that they could get some textbooks on the computers instead of purchasing the books. He believes the program will take down some barriers to education, as there would be less fighting over computer time. They can keep track of not only what the kids are being taught, but what they are learning. The students can take the computers home and get work done there.

Convenience and efficiency are two big positives, and Clarke also believes they are helping the kids prepare for the future with the technology.

“This is the future we are preparing them for,” he said. “What better way than by using the media?”

Board member Dave Lawsteun commented that the program could help improve communication between teachers and students, and he thinks it will be great. The board approved the purchase.

Special Recognitions

The school board voted to give special recognition to the students involved in the spring play, “Cow Tippers,” as well as the director, Krissy Overland. Boggs said she has agreed to come back and direct next year, and that she has a great rapport with the kids and does a great job.

They also gave special recognition to the accomplishments of the FFA group at the State Convention. Boggs said the Dairy Cattle evaluation team placed second out of 53 teams. They will be going to Harrisburg, PA to compete.

Other Business

The board approved the resignation of Cheryl Halvorson, who has been teaching at Lanesboro for more than 30 years. They also accepted the resignation of Traci Pederson, who has worked in the daycare for 17 years.

The new Health and Safety policy, as well as the Health and Safety budget, was approved.

The board also approved the contracts for certified and non-certified staff.

The next meeting date was changed to Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm.

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