Dist. 10 Schools Slow Down High-Tech Plans
St. Clair, Stacy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Stacy St. Clair Daily Herald Staff Writer
Itasca Elementary District 10 will merge slowly onto the information superhighway, rather than adopt the superintendent's accelerated plan.
The school board allocated only $50,000 - a third of what it earmarked last year - for its 1996-97 technology program. The money will pay for teacher training and committee stipends.
After recently completing an initiative that wired schools and created writing labs, the board decided to form a task force to assess the district's computer needs. The board will review suggestions throughout the year, but minimal funds will be available for purchases, board President Donna Read said.
"We're looking at ways to move beyond the beginning stages," Read said.
Educators, however, stressed the importance of updating technology quickly.
Washington Elementary School, for example, has antiquated Apple IIE computers that can't run CD-ROM technology. The building also lacks enough machines to satisfy classroom needs.
"Our one lab at Washington is constantly booked, allowing no free-time slots for students to finish a project or teachers to add to our current curriculum," teacher Elizabeth Mueller wrote in an April letter to Superintendent Glenn Acksel. …