February 26, 2014

One-to-one a possibility for Southeastern

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — WALTON — Southeastern School Corp. will likely be going to one-to-one technology in the near future. Trudie Hedrick, superintendent at the corporation, wants to issue each student a school-owned device for the 2015-2016 school year.

“I think our kids deserve it,” Hedrick said.

Board members discussed possibilities of an Apple lease program at a board meeting Monday evening, but no action was taken.

Different options are being considered, but if the board decides to go with an Apple lease program, the first phase of going one-to-one would be providing staff with the technology to make sure they are trained and knowledgeable on the objects before students are required to use them.

The cost of the providing staff with the Apple projects would be less than $40,000. The number will change as staffing for the next year is decided.

Board members asked questions on the decision to look into a Apple lease. Hedrick said by going with Apple there wouldn’t be additional software costs.

Hedrick also said Microsoft doesn’t last as long and takes more staffing.

If board members decided to approve the Apple lease program, the products would likely be purchased before the summer so that teachers have the summer and the next school year for professional development before students would get them, Hedrick said.

Logistics haven’t been figured out completely, but older students in the district would most likely have laptops while younger students would have tablets or iPads.

The idea is to make teachers comfortable and excited, not apprehensive.

Several board members requested an updated draft of the lease before taking action. A new lease will be reconfigured based on staffing.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.