The Spring Hill Primary and Intermediate schools will be getting a total of 24 iPads for teachers to use in lessons.
The Spring Hill ISD board of trustees at their Monday meeting approved using $11,052 in Title 1 funds to buy the tablet computers for the schools that serve prekindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade, respectively.
Penny Fleet, assistant superintendent for curriculum and special programs, said the purchase also will include cases, two charging stations and a warranty program.
The iPads are primarily used for math and reading instruction, Fleet said. Teachers also may use them for special lessons. For example, a student might make a video to go with a book report, she said.
The tablets include special apps that students use for math lessons, Fleet said.
Superintendent Wayne Guidry also presented preliminary district goals to the board.
“We just kind of started a conversation,” he said. “It was just a discussion item. We’re going to work over the summer to formulate our goals.”
House Bill 3, a school finance reform bill passed by the 86th Legislature that just ended, has a provision for a school board to adopt goals, Guidry said.
“For me, as a superintendent, goals are very important,” Guidry said. “I’m just a goal-oriented type person.”
Guidry presented four goals to the board. The first was to increase the number of students scoring at the “meets” and “masters” grade levels on the the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness by 2 percent annually.
The second was to improve the high school, college, career and military readiness accountability competent score from 65 percent to 90 percent over the next three to five years, Guidry said.
His third goal was to increase the number of second-graders reading on grade level or above from 72 percent to 80 percent over the next three to five years.
The fourth goal was to create a balanced budget to meet the needs of students and staff, Guidry said.
He said the goals will be adjusted and presented at an August or September board meeting.
The board also made a change to the student transfer policy, Guidry said.
“If a student in the course of the semester moves out of the district, we allow them to finish the semester out,” he said. “We added some wording that said you must follow the district’s code of conduct and campus procedures, and if you fail to do so, then we can revoke your enrollment at that point.”