Boardman schools target funds for technology, consider conversion of district's 2 middle schools


BOARDMAN – The school district will use $350,000 leftover from a federal program toward technology and curriculum.

The money is from 2014-2015 Title I funds, a federal program that provides funding to school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

The purchases represent “a big time dedication to technology,” said Jared Cardillo, who was appointed director of instruction last month, at a special board of education meeting Sunday.

Included are televisions to be used for instructional delivery, Chromebook computers, a smartboard, literacy intervention kits, reading workshop kits, and more.

In other action, the board considered changes to the district's schools. The district will look at converting Center Middle School to a fifth- and sixth-grade building, and Glenwood Middle School to a seventh- and eighth-grade building. This will not impact the 2015-2016 school year.

“Now more than ever, I believe the two middle schools are on the same page except for enrollment,” said Frank Lazzeri, superintendent.

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