Last updated: October 24. 2013 11:59AM - 1128 Views
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The Russellville Independent school board will be looking into getting more technology into the school’s classroom, according to superintendent Leon Smith

At last weeks board meeting, Smith presented the results of the annual TELL employees survey and one of the main things he took away from it was regarding classroom technology.

“Many of the teachers didn’t feel like we have all the technology in the classrooms that we should have,” Smith said.

So, going forward, that will be an emphasis.

“We have spent so much of our time the past two or three years focusing on content standards,” Smith said. “Now that we have a handle on that, we need to put more of an emphasis on technology.”

Smith said that currently all the classrooms in the district have either overhead projectors or smartboards, but that getting more smartboards into the rooms will be something they look into.

“Our fourth grade teachers wrote a successful grant to get smartboards in their rooms,” Smith said. “And we bought 10 used ones from the Metcalfe County district to add to the ones we already have.”

Smith said that since the district is working with an increasingly lean budget, any technology that it buys will need to be utilized effectively.

“We don’t want to be putting any technology in these classrooms and not having it be used,” he said.

The TELL survey also indicated that the Russellville High School building isn’t generally thought of as being as clean as Stevenson Elementary.

Smith said that he has already had talks with GCA, the cleaning company that is contracted with the school district, about that issue and that it is already improving.

Also at last week’s school board meeting, the board received its annual audit report.

“It was an excellent report,” Smith said. “It was very clean and I am pleased with that.”

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