Pharos-Tribune

May 2, 2013

Elementary, middle schools to go wireless

Corp. to discuss devices for Logansport middle school students

by Caitlin Huston
Pharos-Tribune

LOGANSPORT — All Logansport schools will have wireless Internet starting next school year in preparation for more technology at the middle school level, according to school superintendent Michele Starkey.

The school corporation is currently asking for bids to add wireless to the middle school and elementary schools starting in the fall, Starkey said. The move comes as the schools are discussing giving laptops or other one-to-one devices to middle school students starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

Starkey said Logansport High School and the Century Career Center installed wireless this past fall to help keep up with the Lenovo laptops that were given out to each high school student for the school year. The wireless system includes 72 access points for wireless in the building and near the Berry Bowl.

Now, she said they’re preparing to install wireless at the four elementary and two middle schools to keep up with “more and more technology needs.”

Those needs include a plan to bring one-to-one technology, like the laptops at the high school, to the middle school students in two years.

“It’ll probably be a laptop, but we don’t know for sure,” Starkey said.

Starkey said they’re don’t yet know if the students would be able to take the devices home or would leave them at school.

The board will be discussing the plan in the coming year, she said.

Cyle Dibble, technology director for the school corporation, said they’ll likely use the same wireless system company they have at the high school so that it will be easy to maintain.

The school allocated $495,000 for the wireless systems, but that fund also includes updates to the school’s desktop computers, Dibble said. The money comes from school bonds rather than taxpayer money, he said.

Dibble said they plan to begin installation of the wireless in June or July so that it will be ready for the new school year.

“Our goal is to be ready by August 1,” Dibble said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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