D.158 to pilot take-home computer program

2013-07-22T00:00:00Z D.158 to pilot take-home computer programPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | A pilot program will take place sometime during the 2013-2014 school year to see how students in Lansing Elementary District 158 handle taking home the laptop and tablet computers they use as part of one-to-one computing.

"We will pilot it with 400 students spread throughout the district and we're going to see what kind of gains the students make with this," district Business Manager Mark Crotty said.

How the students use the computers at home from an academic standpoint and how responsible they are for the care of the computers will be analyzed so the School Board can decide if in the future all students will be able to take computers home with them.

Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger said the pilot program fits with the board's vision of "continuing education beyond the confines of the four walls of the classroom."

In other district news:

• Students who do not qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches will pay $2.50 for lunch in the 2013-2014 school year. That represents a 25 cent increase from this past school year.

"As of right now, we are charged $2.94 from Preferred Meals, with a reimbursement of what should be somewhere around 37 cents from the federal government, which would leave us at about $2.57," Crotty said. "So we're still 7 cents short, but that is something that we can look at to possibly increase in the future."

Crotty said 70 percent of the district's students qualified for free or reduced lunches last school year.

• The School Board on Wednesday voted to freeze substitute teacher pay for the 2013-2014 school year.

Substitutes in the district are paid $110 per day. An increase kicks in if they work for more than 10 consecutive days.

• The School Board also approved bids in the total amount of $5,958,751 for the final phase of an expansion/renovation project at Reavis Elementary School.

• Board Secretary Robert Bonifazi read letters of resignation, all effective this summer, on behalf of the following: Jillian Hanrahan, Coolidge Elementary School third-grade teacher; Kathleen Hartnett, Coolidge Elementary School paraprofessional; LaDarrah Krogh, Memorial Junior High School special education teacher; and Jonas Wertin, Memorial Junior High School assistant principal.

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