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Westview schools discuss technology in homes


With technology becoming an increasingly large part of education, families in the Westview School District have been voicing their concerns over how much of it will be forced into the homes of students.

The Westview School District administration noted at Thursday’s board meeting that the district intends to limit the use of technology in lieu of textbooks to the high school grades only.

“We do not envision pushing technology to replace textbooks,” Superintendent Dr. Randy Zimmerly told the board. “In high school, there is a good possibility to bring in online courses.” However, Zimmerly noted, the school district is not going to force technology into homes, especially in the lower grades. “Grades 9-12 is where our focus is, at,” he noted.

In other business:

Zimmerly asked for consensus to allow a for-profit organization to use a school facility. He told the board that the investment group for the Topeka Save-A-Lot, which is comprised of 139 families, is looking for a place to hold their meetings and that the Topeka Elementary School is the only place large enough for them to meet at one time. He added that he felt it was in the best interest of the community to allow the group to meet at the school at the regular rental fee. The board agreed with the idea of the exemption for the investment group.