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Board OKs new technology plan

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SIKESTON -- Technology was the main topic during Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education.

The Board approved the district's new technology plan for 2011-2014 and also received an update on the final year of its 2008-2011 plan from R-6 technology coordinator Michelle Gilmer.

"Every three years we have to submit a technology plan to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This year we had to write a new plan," Gilmer said, adding the district technology committees and principals also provided their feedback in the plan.

Gilmer said last May she and Eddie Lowrey, R-6 network administrator, were given the opportunity to score some technology plans from across state, which ultimately helped create the new plan.

"We knew what we needed to put in there and felt like this plan was a good plan that would get accepted," Gilmer told the Board. "We can't get grants or E-Rate (Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund) money to update our technology unless the district has a technology plan."

Gilmer noted the last three years the district has received nearly $1 million in eMINTS (enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) grants and nearly $500,000 in E-Rate funding.

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