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Falls City school board approves technology plan
by Bain Serna
Dec 01, 2013 | 37 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FALLS CITY – The Falls City Independent School District (FCISD) Board of Trustees approved the an updated version of the district’s current Technology Plan, which included a three year projected budget.

In working to integrate the fast-paced increase in education technology, the district’s updated goals and objectives of the Technology Plan include updated library software, grants for computers and outfitting the computer lab, increased wireless access points for mobile devices, among others.

Part of the plan also includes using technology that would help promote anti-bullying and combat cyber bullying.

The plan encompasses enhancing technology in the areas of staff development, telecommunications and internet access, materials and supplies, equipment, maintenance, and other miscellaneous necessities.

The projected three year static budget for the whole Technology Plan totals $1,416,147.

“Students today learn differently than previous generations,” said Superintendent Tylor Chaplin after the meeting. “The technological world they are growing up in allows them to have information from around the world at a second’s notice. Falls City ISD and the community of Falls City have made a commitment to 21st century learning and have structured our Technology Plan to reflect that commitment.”

Also at the meeting the board approved a change to the district’s student transfer policy. District officials state that due to the increase in local property values, FCISD has explored many options of how to minimize the amount of recaptured money the district has to send back to the state.

The amount of funding that a district receives is in direct correlation with the number of students who attend school on a daily basis. In order to minimize the amount of money FCISD must send back to the state, the district decided to change its transfer policy and accept transfers into the district on a limited and evaluated basis. The policy change will take effect after the semester break of the current school year.

“We have adjusted our transfer policy in an effort to keep local tax dollars in Falls City,” said Chaplin.
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