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LaMoille School updates technology

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 2:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 2:45 p.m. CDT

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille School District is one of 22 school districts in Illinois to be approved for the School Technology Revolving Loan Program.

The Illinois State Board of Education made the recent announcement, saying a total of $3.5 million has been awarded through the School Technology Revolving Loan Program. LaMoille’s portion is $53,200.

In making the announcement, Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch said the low-interest loans will allow school districts to use technology for classroom instruction and staff development.

“We’re very grateful to be able to offer districts these loans,” Koch said. ”It’s essential we ensure students gain experience working with the technology and tools that will help build 21st-century skills. Today’s students are tomorrow’s workers in an economy driven by technology.’’

On Monday, LaMoille School Superintendent Ricardo Espinoza said he’s very excited for LaMoille to have been selected for the technology loan. When he became superintendent for the LaMoille district last summer, updating technology was definitely one of his goals for the district. Also since that time, a technology coordinator has been hired for the district, he added.

The technology loan, which has a 2 percent interest rate, has been used by LaMoille to buy laptops for teachers throughout the district and also to buy new desktop computers for the computer lab and classrooms at the Van Orin Grade School, Espinoza said.

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