Jacksonville city schools prepare for August iPad integration
by Katie Turpen
Jacksonville City Schools teachers this week will begin training for the district’s plan to give each child in grades four through 12 an iPad.

At the Jacksonville Board of Education’s meeting Monday, Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell said teachers will attend a series of technology workshops throughout the summer.

“We are preparing for the big roll out in August,” Campbell said.

Since 2011, the system has been preparing for the digital conversion project. Each parent will be charged a $50 usage fee per school year for the use of the Ipad, which according to Campbell, will hopefully increase student engagement. Students and parents will also attend iPad orientations at the end of July.

"We will continually send out school announcements all summer to remind them of these trainings,” Campbell said.

Campbell also announced that more than 70 Jacksonville City Schools educators attended the recent CORE Academy, which was held June 4-6 at Jacksonville State University. The regional conference trains instructors on implementing new technology in the classroom.

“To be able to walk right across this street and attend this was a tremendous opportunity,” Campbell said. “We gained so much knowledge. It added a level of excitement and anticipation.”

Information about the Jacksonville City Schools’ conversion can be found at the school system website at http://www.jacksonville.k12.al.us/.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the board:

• Held a moment of silence for employee DeAnna Long, who died in a car crash on June 10.

“She had so many great ideas,” Campbell said. “It is a horrible tragedy to lose somebody. She will be missed beyond measure.”

• Acknowledged the retirement of superintendent secretary Nila Nabors, who served the district for 12 years.

• Approved the recommendation of two new English teachers at Jacksonville High School and one new special education teacher at Kitty Stone Elementary.

• Approved the 2013-2014 Jacksonville City School salary schedule, which begins July 1. The schedule reflects a 2% state raise.

The next board meeting will be held Monday, July 15.

Staff Writer Katie Turpen: 256-235-3548. On Twitter @KTurpen_Star.

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