By Nancy Whitney
The Wylie ISD School Board meeting was full of award winners, presentations of donations and a new principal.
Presenting an update on the instructional technology program was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Kim Spicer, who showed a video including testimonials from students about the effectiveness of technology inclusion in the classroom.
Implementation of the 5th through 12th grade Chromebooks inclusion in Social Studies has gone very smoothly, reported the video presentation.
“The kids are excited and eager to come to class,” Davis Intermediate teacher Raven Woods said. “I’ve seen an increase in engagement and excitement.”
Students reported that it makes it easier to work on their own time and stay on task.
Additionally, a new program called “#you are learning” has been incorporated into classrooms at Whitt and Smith Elementary schools. The new iPad learning program allows teachers to differentiate between each kid and reach him or her on their level.
Due to higher construction costs for renovations and additions, the 2014 bond budget is over by approximately $3 million. The board unanimously approved the approval of $1 million from the 2015-’16 general fund be designated for the 2014 bond.
The new principal for George W. Bush Elementary School was introduced. Maricela Helm, a principal in Rockwall ISD with 20 years of experience, will begin preparing the school and hiring new teachers April 1. See story page 3A.
On behalf of the F.O Birmingham Memorial Land Trust, $550,000 was presented to the school district to fund the 2016-’17 school year Birmingham Grants.
In addition, The Truett and Rita Smith Foundation presented a donation of $9,953 to Smith Elementary.
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