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PHS opts for new tech program

PRINCETON – Princeton High School will be moving in a new technology direction next year with the online program Google Apps for Education.

Principal Andy Berlinski reported to the school board on Wednesday how the program will better assist students and staff.

“This is something that is rapidly coming into the forefront within the public education sector,” he said.

Currently, the high school has a licensing program with Microsoft for the use of documents, spreadsheet and PowerPoint programs, which teachers and students use for work or homework assignments. The new Google Apps will provide the same programs online at no cost.

Goggle Apps for Education will benefit teachers who want to work from home, since they can log-in anywhere and have access to all documents. The new apps program will also eliminate the computer compatibility issues students and teachers currently have when using different versions of Microsoft.

“It’s 100 percent across the board completely compatible,” said Berlinski.

The current goal is to get every teacher trained in the new program before next school year. Training has already began, and there is a plan to host 13 additional training session this summer for both beginner and advanced Google users.

Berlinski said the program will also allow teachers to build websites where they will be able to post assignments for students who may have missed their class and need to make up the assignment. The students will be able to pull the assignments from the websites and see teachers’ notes that they may have missed in class.

In other news, the board:

• Approved Hopkins & Associates as the district’s auditor for $8,950.

• Approved Tim Ciesielski and Michael Fredericks as summer painters, and Kathy Johnston and Scott Vrana as summer custodians.

• Approved the resignation of Deb Dullard as guidance counselor and Elaine McVety as social studies teacher, both effective June 2017; Vanessa Judd as freshmen volleyball coach and Vicki Thimens as special education paraprofessional.

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