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By VINCE LUECKE
LEOPOLD – Perry Central Community School Corp. received rave reviews on a summer e-learning conference hosted at the school June 2-3.
“Powered-Up, Inspiring Teachers. Empowering Students” was organized by Perry Central staff as part of a grant awarded to the school district earlier in the year and one of several summer e-learning gatherings across the state this summer.
Keynote speakers included best-selling author Dave Burgess, who penned “Teach like a Pirate” and advocates teachers tapping into their passions in the classroom. Also speaking was former Apple employee and tech consultant Leslie Fischer, who presented an overview of technology possibilities for classrooms. Perry Central’s Jamie Guillaume, who presented a review of the conference to the school board Monday, also spoke.
Breakout sessions included tips on using iPads, social media, project-based learning, classroom management tools such as Class DoJo and updates on the state’s new academic standards. There was even a technology “petting zoo” that allowed educators to try out devices they might want to take to the classroom.
The Department of Education posted a blog entry on the conference and there was a continual Twitter feed that allowed participants to post and view comments.
“We had a great turnout and received very good feedback,” Guillaume said.
School board members voiced their support. President Larry James said the event showcased Perry Central’s leading role in using technology in the classroom. “It reflects very well on what we’re doing here and the people we have in the classroom,” fellow board member Kevin Etienne added.
As well as drawing educators from across the region, U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon stopped by on the second day to present awards to students as part of a district app contest sponsored by his office. A story and photo will be in Monday’s edition. classes for the upcoming school year, meaning the board won’t have to hire a teacher over the summer.
Also departing this summer is maintenance director Paul Hagman. His last day is Aug. 31.
The board approved the purchase of two new 78-passenger school buses from Kerlin Bus Sales. The two buses will cost the school district $170,926 and the price includes the trading in of two old buses. The money will come from the school district’s bus-replacement fund.
The board set an Aug. 1 deadline to accept transfers of students living outside the school district. They also set the number of transfers at 50 students per grade level. Roberson said she doesn’t expect transfers in any class to approach the cap but the guidelines give the school district the ability to coordinate transfers from outside the district.
House Bill 1381 gave school districts the authority to establish the number of transfer students they can accept by school building and grade level.
In other business, the board:
• Donated $1,797 to the Perry Central Band Boosters organization for their summer band camp.
• Approved revised student handbooks for junior-senior high-school students.
• Approved a contract extension with Diehl Evaluation Service for Perry Central’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.
The state mandates the annual review and funds to pay for the work are built into the grant.