Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

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KIRKWOOD SCHOOLS > Firm chosen for swimming complex * The Kirkwood School District Board of Education chose last week an architecture firm to design a swimming pool complex that was announced at Kirkwood High School last month, but it delayed a decision about moving forward with a district-wide iPad initiative that began last year.

Christner Inc. will provide the planning and design of the Walker Natatorium, which is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 201516 school year. A committee of district staff, board members and trustees of the Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Foundation, which provided the $10 million grant for the facility, interviewed four firms for the job.

Among Christner's past projects is a swimming and sports complex that opened at Pattonville High School early last year.

The board also moved to delay a vote on whether to continue or halt an iPad rollout plan the district began last year. The two- year rollout plan is about halfway through, with the final phase scheduled for January. More than half of the kindergarten through 12th grades in the district have been supplied with iPads, and the final phases will put the small computers in the hands of high school upperclassmen and lower elementary grades.

Board members expressed confidence in the program at the elementary level, but some had reservations about its effectiveness at the high school level.

"I think having technology in every single student's hands is huge and a priority," said board member Julie Backer. "I'm just not convinced that the iPad is the one-to-one device that is best suited for high school students."

ROCKWOOD SCHOOLS > Incoming superintendent meets with public * At a town hall meeting last week, Rockwood's incoming superintendent emphasized that one of his most important jobs in the district of about 22,000 students would be building relationships.

"I had been hoping there would be more than this," Eric Knost told the group of about three dozen parents, residents and employees. "I feel like I've talked to 5,000 people since I got the job."

Knost, the superintendent of the Mehlville School District, will take over from Terry Adams on July 1. …

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