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More iPads, New Entryway Coming to Bellevue Schools

By the end of the current school year, each student at Grandview Elementary will have access to an iPad.

Bellevue Independent Schools assistant superintendent Janis Winbigler reported last week on the school's technology during a meeting of the board of education.

She said that currently there are thirty iPads per grade at the school, but thanks to efforts by the Bellevue Educational Foundation and Ken and Phyllis Weber, each student will have their own to use.

The iPads will remain at school but students will not have to share while in class.

Winbigler also discussed the new 3D printer at Grandview and said that students are excited to use it.

The school also has four robots in the robotics program.

Meanwhile, at Bellevue High School, principal John Darnell said he has about fifteen students interested in a hybrid technical art class where students would use an embroidery machine and laser printer. He showed off some coasters and a puzzle that students made.

Seniors are currently undergoing their final interviews where they speak on their plans for the future.

Superintendent Robb Smith gave an update on the progress of the new handicap-accessible entry for the high school, saying that the forms have been approved by the Kentucky Department of Education. Currently, the district and the architects are finalizing the drawings. Smith said they might be able to go out for bid in about a month.

Several students were honored for creativity. Natalie Kincaid,  Lillyann Rhodes, Silas Gibson, Emily Goodwin, Nate Hamilton, Marcus Harvey, and Aydin McClanahan were singled out from Grandview Elementary, and Jozie Rabago, Kayla Searp, Maranda Urban-Moore, Kalyia Day, Lucas Gillespie, Marissa Hayward and Bryanna Bridewell were honored from Bellevue High School.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor