Ag facility upgrades approved

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Chico ISD’s agricultural science farm facility will soon see improvements.

The school board Monday approved a bid of $25,760 from Earp Steel Building and Boat Docks to enclose some of the outdoor runs.

“This will give us more space for animals in the winter,” Superintendent Mike Jones said.

Jones added that the board also looked at other upgrades to the facility but approved this particular project due to the quickly-approaching winter months.

In other facility news, Jones reported that roof repairs at the elementary should begin this week and the re-roofing of the high school in the near future. He said the district is still getting bids for work on the middle school roof. Trustees approved roof work at the elementary and high schools last month. The roofs were damaged by hail in 2011.

Students and teachers from the different campuses also gave a demonstration of how Apple iPads are being used. Last summer, teachers throughout the district were issued iPads, and each high school student received a device in September. Last month, the board approved the purchase of 150 iPads for the middle school, and a cart of 30 iPads for the elementary. The school has received those devices and will distribute them to students in January.

Jones said the school is seeing increased student engagement and “better outcomes” already from the use of iPads. One student gave a presentation on how he used the iPad to take a quiz in the form of a game in order to study for a test. Jones said the student said he played it “20 times” as he tried to reach the “next level” like a gaming system.

When asked how many times he might look at a one-page review to prepare for the test, the student said, “maybe one time.”

“This student spent maybe 40 or 50 minutes or more at home on this quiz to learn the information and then apply the information,” Jones said.

The board also approved a probationary contract for Carl Meyer as a high school teacher.

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