“We live in a society today that lives off multiple devices, multiple platforms,” Clark said. “It’s important to have a consistent device, I think it’s also important to have as many types of devices in the hands of our teachers, in the hands of our students, so they have experience with all these things.”
Also, during a presentation from strategic planning committees, Travis Haire, assistant superintendent, said his facilities and technology committee set a goal to have a 1:1 initiative the beginning of the next school year. The board will vote on the entire strategic plan at their next board meeting.
A consideration for a program trial aimed at mentoring at-risk males in three middle schools was passed 6-1, with Hall opposing.
Andrew Melin, superintendent, said the program, Men Building Men, would work in three schools to address the disproportionate number of suspensions of black males.
Hall said he was concerned that the program didn’t reach New Washington or Charlestown middle schools, and doesn’t include at-risk females in the same age group.
Melin said the ultimate goal is to get a districtwide mentoring program that reaches all students who need it, but the trouble is getting volunteers and training for those people who want to participate.
He said it’s been done in districts he’s worked previously, but it takes time to get the programs on their legs.
The agreement with Men Building Men, a Louisville-based program, would cost the district $3,600 through the end of the year, but Melin said getting the program running completely would take at least until the next school year.
• The board unanimously passed a summer school program with the new balanced calendar system to initially give high school students the opportunity to go through credit recovery or get remediation on their state End of Course Assessments.