Board impressed with iPad use at high school

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LINDEN — The North Montgomery School Corporation Board of Trustees were encouraged to hear of successes of iPad usage at the high school at Monday’s regularly scheduled board meeting. Two high school teachers, Lee Douma and Matt Newkirk gave presentations that highlighted how they are using iPads in the classroom.

Board members expressed their appreciation to the teachers and said they were very pleased with what they had heard.

“All I can say is wow,” long-time board member Gerald Hole said. “I was so impressed with your presentation and it was great to hear all the good things you are doing.”

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Moran reported that a decision has been made to increase the students being supplied iPads next school year. This year all high school students were provided iPads. Previously it was announced the corporations iPad 1:1 initiative would be extended to grades six through eight at the beginning of the 2015-2106 school year. On Monday Moran said all fifth-grade students will also be provided iPads, but with one difference.

“We will be issuing iPads to all fifth-grade students next year, however, students will not be allowed to take them home,” Moran said.

Northridge principal Benjamin Moore reported that Northridge will be hosting an iPad informational night at 6 p.m. on May 11. All parents who will have children attending grades five through eight next school year should plan to attend.

The board approved book rental fees for next school year. Elementary school fees will remain at $90 and the high school book rental fees will stay the same at $145. Middle school fees will total $175 which is an increase of $25 from the present school year.

High school book rental fees stayed the same as this year’s fees because of the school board adopting the new social studies textbook Monday. The new textbook will be digital with only one set of actual text books in the classroom. Moran said the corporation saved $11,000 by choosing the digital textbook program.

Four schools, Northridge Middle School, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Lester B. Sommer Elementary and Sugar Creek Elementary, were named Energy Star Award winners. The awards were presented by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The four schools were all ranked with other school from across the nation in conserving energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Each school was in the top 10 percent nationally.

The board approved changes in school administer positions at the conclusion of the present school year. Pleasant Hill principal Robin Mills was named Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator and will be working in the Central Office. Anthony Tharp, who is presently the assistant principal at Northridge Middle School, will be the principal at Pleasant Hill.

Summer school, which will run from June 1 to June 29, was approved by the board. Students needing assistance in passing state assessment exams will be asked to attend the extra school. There is no fee for summer school and the corporation provided transportation.

The board accepted the retirement of Pleasant Hill Elementary Early Learning teacher Lynette Knowling.

North Montgomery High School senior Morgan Wells was the honorary school board member at the meeting.

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