DILLONVALE - Students and teachers in the Buckeye Local School District are moving closer to the day when smart boards, texts and other support resources will be installed and more easily accessible to students at every grade level and in each building.
During Monday's regular meeting of the district school board, Angela Hicks, administrative assistant for federal programs, reported on several ongoing efforts to make educational technology more readily available throughout the district.
She also discussed the district's efforts to combat cyber bullying, steps being taken to make students and parents aware of the problem and to provide informational resources to help combat the problem.
Hicks told board members of efforts to secure grant funds and other awards to increase funding for technology purchases and related improvements. She noted several individual teachers from within the district have made personal efforts to secure grants for technology purchases.
She said district representatives will be meeting with other educational entities from across the region to seek access to grant money and resources through the strength of a combined approach to application processes.
Unfortunately, the district's buildings are not able to benefit from fiber optic networks because regulations prohibit installation of lines that would cross over or go under certain types of infrastructure, such as railroad tracks.
Needs for substantial increases in broadband resources at each building have been reviewed and adjustments made, or are being made, in preparation for the addition of more technological resources to be installed in classrooms.
Hicks praised the efforts of Vince Pastre, the district's computer technologies manager, for his work with assessing, updating and installing technology resources.
Board members previously approved earmarking money generated by gas and oil lease agreements to help fund the purchase of 31 Smart Boards, some of which will be in areas now home to recently purchased English and Language Arts text materials, and also to math texts.
These purchase decisions were made in anticipation of the district's purchase of the special high-tech white boards, which allow teachers to access and share lesson planning and related support resources with their students.
The board also approved the hiring of Rick DeLuca as the new boys varsity head basketball coach and Greg Novak as the eighth-grade basketball coach.
The board's next meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the administrative offices in Dillonvale.