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$100K being spent for Ripon High technology

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POSTED January 25, 2013 1:07 a.m.

The Ripon Parents Actively Linked to Student Success, or PALSS, scored a major victory at the Jan. 14 school board meeting.

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District approved $100,000 from Fund 35 – money made possible but not of the 2002 Measure J bonds – with $75,000 of that to go immediately towards technology at Ripon High.

The motion by Ernie Tyhurst also included $25,000 to go into a matching grant, in turn, challenging a similar-type donation from the newly formed RHS Booster Club.

What’s more, the board approved a line item block grant for teacher computers at all schools.

Co-founded by Jennifer Brogan and Karina Elardi, Ripon PALSS is a parent group dedicated to working with RUSD and the community. The hope here is to provide the highest quality of education.

Earlier, Brogan provided a status of technology in the district.

Concerns had included no money for technology from the district. The elementary school computer labs, for example, were completely funded by the respective Parent Faculty Clubs.

RHS teachers were hampered from taking students to the computer lab since most of the computers there were broken.

Some RHS teachers were not able to do necessary functions such as roll call or grades on their school computers.

In addition, the majority of the teachers at the high school did not have projectors and documented cameras in their classrooms.

Brogan listed the cost for technology at RHS, based on the figures provided by Principal Lance Morrow, at about $102,000.

Included were 30 LCD projectors ($15,000), 30 document cameras ($15,000), mounting hardware ($6,000), 60 desktop computers ($42,000), and 20 laptop computers ($24,000).

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