Monday, December 17, 2007

Calhoun County considers plan to provide laptops to students

Megan Singleton, left, and DeAnthony Smith, students at Weaver High School, work on their new laptops. The Calhoun County School System are considering a program that would provide laptops for all students in grades 7-12. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star

The Calhoun County school system is considering a plan to keep every high school student connected.

The system’s plan could mirror programs in Auburn and Cullman to equip each student in grades 7-12 with his or her own laptop computer.

“How many jobs do you see today that don’t involve using any type of technology?” said Lisa Amerson, technology director for the county schools.

“If we’re going to prepare a student, we need to put those tools in their hands.”

Amerson and Superintendent Judy Stiefel presented the program to the county school board during a recent work session.

“We haven’t made the commitment to this yet,” Stiefel said. “It’s a wonderful idea, but my intention was so board members could be thinking about it and gather any questions they might have.”

Amerson said the county could start with a pilot program with seventh-graders at one of the county’s schools. They would receive their laptops next fall and keep them for four years.

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