Ohio Grade School 8-20
OHIO — The Ohio Grade School Board met in regular session on Aug. 20 and conducted the following business:
• Superintendent Sharon Sweger explained many schools are going to 1:1 computing. It will be a requirement that schools take standardized testing by computer starting next year. Ohio Schools have upgraded their labs, but in addition Sweger and Quentin Christensen of Quentech have been researching 1:1 computing, which is electronic technology for each student. This means each student will have some kind of electronic device in his/her hands for homework, testing, etc. This is the direction classrooms are going to; many schools have already implemented laptops or tablets for each student; some have been successful, and others not so. Sweger is also looking at programs that would be downloaded at school, so students would not need Internet at home. The school has met with a representative to get ideas of cost and what kind of programs it would need. This program would require adding a technology fee to the school registration fees. However, when a student pays the fees, for example, in high school for four years, the device would be for the student to keep. Sweger is still researching and will come back with more information.
• Approved the tentative Fiscal Year 2014 budget for public display and set a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.