Spring, 2014 | ELECTION WATCH • INTER-COUNTY LEADER
1 to 1 computers on April 1
- from St. Croix Falls Schools
ST. CROIX FALLS - Tuesday, April 1, is Election Day and on the ballot is the School District of St. Croix Falls referendum question to exceed the revenue limit by 240,000 dollars for each of the next five years. The purpose of the referendum is to support the district’s initiative of providing grade level sets of computers to the lower grades and 1 to 1 computers to students in the upper grades. Because this year marks the final bond payment for the middle school (190,000 dollars), the actual increase in one’s property tax would be about 8.50 cents per 100,000 dollars of equalized value over last years, assuming everything else remains the same.
I am often asked, “Why do we need to do this?”. The short answer is that we need to move in this direction to enhance student learning in the classroom and to better prepare students for whatever post-graduation endeavor they choose, be it the work force, the military, or furthering their education. There are very few career options available that do not require some level of use of digital technology. This fact was exemplified in an article in the Pioneer Press on March 16th, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, where he wrote about how Chromebooks are now being used to revolutionize how things are being done in both the construction and real estate industries. Use of the Chromebooks allowed for much more efficiency in access of information and for anytime, anywhere access of information. The same would be true for students; they would no longer be confined to learning in their classroom; the world would be their classroom.
Having 1 to 1 computers in the classroom will also expand the effectiveness of teachers to better meet the unique educational needs of all students, struggling students as well as gifted and talented students. Lastly going 1 to 1 will allow students to delve deeper into their content areas and engage in authentic intellectual learning where they can see the relevance of and make the connections between what they are learning and the world they live in.
Providing 1 to 1 computers to our students will change the culture of education in our schools, heighten the level of commitment by our community toward education and most importantly enhance the level and quality of education for our students.