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New Mobile Computer Lab Debuts at Ludlow Schools

The Ludlow Board of Education listened to a presentation about a Mobile Computer Lab at Thursday night's meeting.

The lab debuts Monday at both Mary A. Goetz Elementary and Ludlow High School. Each mobile device, called Stream 11, will be equipped with 33 small HP laptop computers on a cart which charges in the library and can be wheeled into whichever classroom requires them. Each laptop is loaded with four or five different online programs dealing with Response to Intervention, which assists students with the subjects they are deficient in, as determined by test scores.

"We can technically have a computer for every kid in the classroom," said Superintendent Michael Borchers. "The programs will address their individual needs. The money for this project came from funds we had allocated for a program like this. Last spring we outlined our plan for totally revamping our computer networking system, and since then we have put in over 370 new devices, including desktops, laptops, and wireless items. This mobile lab program was part of that network renovation for our schools to make them equal to or above any school in the area."

In other business, the board approved the bidding documents and for the HVAC project at Mary A. Goetz Elementary, as well as the roof project for the high school. The HVAC project will also include the installation of new lighting in the hallways and the cafeteria as well as air conditioning and heating. The bidding documents will now go to the state to be approved, and Borchers said he hopes they will be able to put both projects out to bid in March or April.

The board also approved their Gateway Regional Academy program for another year. This program allows all students who qualify in behavior, attendance, and academic scores to attend college courses at a cost paid by the school district so that ideally a student could graduate high school with up to 24 college credits at no cost to them.

David Hatter, the mayor of Ft. Wright, will be the keynote speaker at the graduation of 76 Ludlow seniors in June. Hatter is a partner at Solution Architects and Definity Partners, and is a contributing consultant for WXIX-TV and WKRC radio. Hatter is a 1986 graduate of Ludlow High School.

The board approved a tentative staff allocation for the schools. According to the allocation, the staff for the schools will remain the same next year as for this year. Borchers will meet with the Site-based decision making councils from the schools this week to discuss the allocation with them.

A continuation grant for the Family Resource Youth Service was approved by the board. This is a yearly grant that usually totals about $70,000 from the state.

A report was given on Family Night which happened last week, focusing on the topics of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A record 219 family members attended and were treated to hands-on activities at different stations, such as creating a car out of aluminum foil, and then determining how many pennies that car could hold. 

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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