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USA Schools embrace technology by purchasing more computers
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 10:53:33 EST
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The Unionville - Sebewaing Area School District continues to embrace technology.
The board of education approved the purchase of 70 more Chromebooks to add to its cache.
Although each student already has a Chromebook for use at school, the additional computers will allow the district to retire some older units and have some extra on hand to pass out in case some break, explained Superintendent George Rierson.
The purchase will cost the district $17,745.
And, last fall, the district purchased 225 Chromebooks with the Google Chrome Management Operating System $43,965.
Also, last fall, the district received a $10,000 grant from the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) as part of the "USA Project Connect" to help families with internet access whose children are enrolled in blended or online learning.
The awarded grant also went towards buying 42 Wi-fi hotspots.
Although the district has long embraced technology, school officials realized just how important their efforts were when the state abruptly ordered school districts to close in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The district has about 85 percent of its students doing in-person learning and about 15 percent doing online-only instruction.
In other matters, the board reconfirmed Pat Achenbach as the Thumb Meet of Champions Friend of Youth for the district. She was selected to represent the district during the 2020 Meet of Champions, but the event was cancelled.
And, the board honored the guidance office staff - secretary Cheryl Dewald and student services director Laura Polega with the Spirit of the Patriot award for their work in helping the students get through this year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the district received a certificate from the Michigan State Police for 100 percent passage of the district's bus fleet during this year's inspections.
Lloyd Scharff maintains the district's eight buses, and it is almost unheard of for a district to achieve 100 percent during the first inspection, said Rierson.
* The board accepted the retirement resignation of veteran elementary teacher Tammie Whittaker. She has served the district for 36 years teaching fifth- and sixth-grade students.