West Burlington Independent School District hopes this newsletter article finds you and your family in sound health and good spirits. 2017 is upon us. As the new year quickly approaches, I can’t help but think about the incoming millennium and the Y2K scare. I guess I’m showing my age. It is WBISD’s sincere intentions to provide your student(s) with quality instruction, positive experiences, and a safe and secure learning environment each and every day we have your student(s) in our charge. Please communicate with the school district if we are falling short of these expectations.
As we have previously reported the WBISD Board of Education has received a settlement for our KUNO devices. The district is in receipt of a $170,000 check. We haven’t fully recovered our costs, but are pleased to be able to get paid part of our capital outlay. The best news in all of this is the Chromebooks are performing well and doing what we were promised they would do. As they used to say on the old TV show, The A Team, “I love it when a plan comes together.” I know, showing my age again. WBISD is happy the Chromebooks are the instructional tool we signed up for.
Our school district continues to study our technology needs. We are examining ways to more efficiently utilize instructional technology in all of our programs. We certainly recognize technology is an instructional aid and cannot replace teacher to student interactions. WB continues having discussions about the viability of computer labs, interactive classroom technology, and moving toward a reduced-paper environment. Our junior/senior high school Industrial Technology department is looking at purchasing a CNC plasma cutting tool to train students in engineering basics, product design and development, as well as manufacturing. A pair of local businesses are providing resources to help us purchase this machine. If you want to know more, please contact Mr. Fountain at the JH/HS building.
The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status (for programs), creed or disability. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups including those of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socio-economic background, as well as men and women, to society. The programs include contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and European Americans. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator.
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