Schools look to offer computer pilot program

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—Howards Grove School District Superintendent Chris Peterson has proposed that the school district start a computer 1:1 pilot program.

Peterson outlined the proposal for the School Board at their meeting Monday.

The program would be introduced in the middle and high school classes and would be coordinated by Principals Andy Hansen (middle school) and Scott Fritz (high school).

Each school would purchase 25 HP laptop computers to allow students the opportunity to access software and help improve the educational experience. Funding has been made available by Cleveland State Bank and a grant from Exxon-Mobil.

Hansen stated that he would incorporate to one grade level for a trial. Fritz felt that he would designate the computers by departments.

Peterson suggested that this will be a great opportunity for the staff and students and presents a lot of open possibilities for learning.

If the program is approved, the school would like to start in the second semester.

“It would be very helpful to families with multiple students and could have a big impact for student learning,” said Peterson.

Peterson also presented options for a joint community survey.

“The school is looking for feedback and perceptive opinions what the district offers their students,” Peterson remarked.

Peterson gave information on the types of questions and said that there would be wide a range of questions offered. He felt that if this was approved, the firm that the school hires would need a twomonth timeline from start to finish for developing the survey.

The middle school proposed a new science fusion textbook series to upgrade the school’s current textbook.

Hansen felt that this new offering would be more appropriate for the fifth- through eighth-grade levels and allow access to online support activities.

“It’s more appealing to the students and connects well to our science curriculum,” said Hansen. “These soft cover books makes it more affordable to the school’s budget.”

The book is divided into 11 modules and there is a proposal for new books for the next seven years.

The school board approved a new course offering of personal leadership for the high school. The course would be a freshman required elective as a nine-week class. The class would start in the 2016-2017 school year.

Board President Mark DeAmico thanked the LTC Foundation for a donation for supplies for Project Grill. He also thanked Cleveland State Bank for donating the costs of the recent cross country trip to state.

Janina and Dan Siemers, Howards Grove Boosters and Walmart donated money for new playground equipment at Northview.

The Kiwanis Club donated money to the high school Student Council. The Howards Grove PTO donated money for books, laptops, I-Pads and tablets at the middle school and Northview.

The Howards Grove boosters also donated money to the high school girls and boys basketball programs.

The Millersville Recreation Association donated money to the purchase of updated equipment for the high school weight room.

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