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School district to upgrade technology with bond money

Newhall board approves $3 million for equipment over the next 3 years

Posted: August 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Newhall School District officials have designed their classrooms of the future, and now it’s time to start the shopping list, district officials say.

The local school board last week approved the first budget from its $60 million Measure E bond that voters approved in November.

“We approved a general outline now for what our general technology plan will be with the issuance of the bond,” said board President Christy Smith. “It’s kind of like a road map to where we’re going with technology.”

Officials approved a $3 million block at the board’s Tuesday meeting, which will be apportioned for technological upgrades over the next three years, according to Superintendent Marc Winger.

Each classroom will eventually feature audio projectors for teachers, digital projectors to replace outdated mechanical versions and an interactive whiteboard.

A mobile cart will also be added to each school, which will have 32 laptop computers for students.

The additions will not only ensure schools have the latest gear and an education befitting the 21st century student, it will also guarantee the district is equipped for upcoming changes to the state’s curricula, said Nancy Copley, assistant superintendent for the Newhall School District.

“We’re in the process of revising our technological standards and making sure that our students are ready for the online testing,” Copley said.

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, the state is implementing Internet-based testing with its new Common Core Standards Test, which will be a new standardized online test for student assessment.

There will also be help for the teachers, too, Copley said.

A sound-amplification system will be purchased for the classroom that acts as a mini-public address system, she said.

A teacher wearing the device will have his voice slightly amped up to help students who might be a little farther away hear better.

“A lot of research has shown that just that little bit of volume in a teacher’s voice really helps children focus,” Copley said.



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