School Board makes an investment in the future

STORY: Since the definition of the next generation of “textbooks” includes both paper books and online resources, the Board of Trustees of the Friendswood Independent School District has approved not only purchasing the paper materials, but the next phase of classroom computers to view the online content.

In Texas, new science materials have been approved for Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Math revisions have been approved for K through fifth grade.

Already, some classrooms have laptops or iPads. Those will continue to be used. Monday evening (June 9) the Board approved spending up to $1.5 million on new devices. Included in the purchase (estimated to be $1.33 million) are Chromebooks, iPads, iPad Mini’s, charging carts (for Chromebooks and iPads) and the wireless infrastructure to support their use.

In other Board action, growth in student enrollment means an additional third grade teacher is needed at Cline and another teacher at the High School, which the Board approved.

During the 2013-14 school year, all FISD students participated in local and state assessments designed to measure their academic achievement. During a report by Lynn Hobratschk, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Dr. Stacy Daugherty, Executive Director of Accountability, Testing and Research, Board members learned that once again, students excelled in their performance.

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