School board to discuss possible expansion of One-to-One
Members of the Woodford County Board of Education will be asked whether or not they want to purchase a sufficient number of computer tablets to expand the district's One-to-One initiative to include Woodford County Middle School students. Director of Technology Bob Gibson has received bids on the cost of providing Chromebooks to third-, fourth- and sixth- grade levels next school year. He will discuss those bids and his recommendations to the board at its regular meeting next Monday night at 6. During its planning meeting this past Monday, board Vice Chair Debby Edelen questioned the wisdom of expanding the One-to-One initiative to include seventh- and eighth-graders at WCMS when the district doesn't have any real - not anecdotal - evidence showing student achievement gains because of One-to-One. The One-to-One expansion opportunity arose when the district began exploring alternatives to the iPad computer tablet now being used by WCHS students, said schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins during a recent interview. He said Chromebooks are currently being used (as a pilot program) in a limited number of middle school classrooms and by a few high school students to determine if those laptop devices are a better option moving forward. Hawkins said he does not foresee ever implementing a One-to-One initiative in the elementary schools, where students in most classrooms already have access to five devices. NTI days The percentage of students doing assigned schoolwork during non-traditional instructional days is well over 90 percent, according to Director of Student Achievement Martha Collins. "So we're very pleased with that (participation rate) and the feedback we've gotten from teachers and students," she said. Woodford County schools and 43 other Kentucky public school districts received state approval to use up to 10 NTI days this school year. All 173 school districts in Kentucky were eligible to apply for the non-tradition instruction waivers. House Bill 211 - legislation passed in 2011 - requires school districts to prove how teaching and learning would not be negatively impacted, according to a Kentucky Department of Education news release. In Woodford County, students do assigned schoolwork in paper packets or online. Financial report The district began February with a total cash balance of $12.7 million and ended the month with $12.38 million, according to Chief Operating Officer Amy Smith's financial report. The district's general fund ended February with a cash balance of $10.888 million, and the school service fund ended the month with $124,947.93.