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Willmar schools moving forward on getting I-pads for elementary kids

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(Willmar MN-) The Willmar School Board Monday night approved purchasing 2300 I-pads and cases to be used by students in grades 1-through-5 in the upcoming school year. Superintendent Jeff Holm says they will cost just under $757,000, and they will pay for them with federal CARES Act money which is designated for COVID-19 relief...

...Holm says whatever the format for teaching in the coming school year will be, the children will still use the I-pads. Holm says the district is considering using Federal Title-1 dollars to hire a coach to instruct teachers, students and parents how to use the I-pads and integrate them into an instruction plan...

...Holm says he realizes there will eventually be a cost to school district tax payers when the I-pads wear out and need to be replaced. Currently students in grades 6 through 12 have use of an electronic tablet during the school year.

And Holm says the school board approved renting the WEAC building to Kandiyohi County for use for trials and hearings in the court system through the end of August. Holm says they hesitated to go into September because there is the possibility WEAC could be used for student instruction...

...Holm says it's unlikely they will be using WEAC for instruction, and the district could look at extending the arrangement with the county into the fall.

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