A Schol@stic Administrator magazine article entitled “10 Lessons from the Best District in the Country” (bit.ly/14YIySv) drew local educators to the conference. The article began, “If they haven’t been tossed already, textbooks at Mooresville Graded School District sit unused, piled in corners of classrooms. Desks are no longer neatly arranged in rows, and students rarely sit quietly and listen to extended lectures.”
As students and teachers have morphed from traditional to virtual learning, “results of this transformation are off the charts,” the article stated. Graduation and college rates have increased, but not because of huge district spending. Here the Mooresville district sounds like BCSC: “Among the state’s 115 school districts, it ranks 100th in spending per student at $7,463.”
Trustee Dr. Steve Stein asked whether BCSC has followed up with college students to see how 1:1 has helped. Roberts noted, “Some people believe going electronic means downloading textbooks. Our hope is our staff finds ways to meet the standards” by using real time information, not books. “One thing technology does for this generation is bring relevance to the classroom.”
Trustee Ray Call read in the article that absenteeism and discipline problems at Mooresville schools declined. He wondered if there was any data to support progress in those areas here. According to Allen, “As we lessen our restrictions on cell phones,” letting youth use them in the hallways and at lunch, violations have decreased dramatically.
Trustee Wanita Linkel asked whether last year’s seniors who had personal laptops for one year were able to buy them to use after high school, an earlier idea before dollar estimates were fully analyzed. The superintendent said no. Those computers were given to the freshmen.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.