Russellville teachers getting iPads

School board opens plan to all teachers with need

RUSSELLVILLE — Individual technology will be put into the hands of teachers in the Cole County R-1 Schools.

The 2013-14 school year will be the first for the new policy to provide an iPad for all kindergarten through high school, full-time, certified staff members, who demonstrate a need.

Teachers will receive an iPad 2, a USB connector and power adapter and a cover. And training and technical support will be provided.

After the device has been used for a minimum of three years in the classroom, ownership may be transferred to a teacher, if he or she meets the other criteria.

The Board of Education reviewed this policy at its meeting last week.

The district has made several improvements to facilities this summer, including new white boards in elementary and middle school classrooms and replaced hallway ceiling tile.

The high school added a new computer lab, including new countertops.

A new vestibule wall will be built in the lobby for added security, and door handles and locks have been replaced. This measure was supported by the Russellville PTO.

And a new policy will limit parents or adults from walking children to their classrooms in the morning.

The Parents As Teachers room also has benefited from two grants and lots of changes have been made, including the expansion of space for a Lend and Learn Play Center.

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