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Schools OK tech plan

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year technology plan for Lincoln County Schools during its meeting Wednesday night.

As presented by Lee O’Neal, director of Instructional Technology and Media, the plan is a result of a state-mandated educational technology plan to enhance teaching and learning within schools, with each local administrative unit required to create and implement its own plan.

O’Neal said the plans used to be for a five-year span of time but will now be submitted every two years, with the current plan for 2012-2014.

The system-level plan was developed by the district’s K-12 Technology Task Force, which is comprised of media coordinators, teachers, administrators and parents. It consists of a vision statement and five strategic priorities for Lincoln County Schools.

Those priorities include participating in the shared-services model, providing universal access to personal teaching and learning devices, providing access to digital teaching and learning resources (including digital textbooks), providing access to technology-enabled professional development and implementing 21st Century leadership within the school system.

In response to a question from board member Bob Silver regarding how aggressive the school system is in terms of technology, O’Neal said it is “on par” with other districts.

She said they purposely left the plan generic to account for any cutting-edge changes that may occur.

“We want to be ready to grab it when they provide it,” she added.

As the Times-News previously reported, the board recently approved one-time funding for SMART Boards for local elementary classrooms, which are now in the process of being installed. A schedule for training on the new digital white boards for teachers is also being established.

O’Neal said the initiative is “on track” and “working like a charm.”

In other school board action at Wednesday’s meeting:

Board members unanimously passed the proposed 2012-2013 school calendar.

Board members unanimously approved a change order for the Pumpkin Center Primary multipurpose room, which will result in roughly $178,400 being credited back to Lincoln County Schools from unused contingencies.

Board members unanimously signed off on requested school renovations, including a cement pad for a batting cage at West Lincoln High School and a track around the athletic fields at Norris S. Childers Elementary School.

Board members unanimously approved a contract in the amount of almost $317,000 for a sanitary-sewer project for Iron Station Elementary School.

 

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