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School board sets budget priorities

Technology integration tops list of board members’ to-do list

December 20, 2013

MARSHALL — At this week’s board meeting, Marshall School Board members participated in a process to collectively identify some of the top budget priorities for the 2014-15 school year....

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Dec-21-13 9:36 PM

Willert was hired to be in charge and, sadly, the board seems unable or unwilling to think for themselves. The top issues are nothing more than reprints from previous articles in which he stated improvement was needed.

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Dec-21-13 1:13 PM

Willert needs to get over the fact that the referendum did not pass. Perhaps it was a message to the sup and Board of lack of support. Willert needs to focus on results not PROCESSES! He tends to be way to philosophical. The Board needs to see through this.

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Dec-20-13 7:43 PM

Perhaps the school board and superintendent should be recalled if they don't understand the priorities of the community vis a vis the referendum. We said 1:1 is a loser.

No case was made for the investment in technology except for "it's the new thing" "other people are doing it" "we have to keep up" and primarily "it's the flavor of the month". No concrete examples of courses, hours, no clear projection of future costs for software, replacement, etc..No indicator of what/when would be successful use. Jest git me this stuff and it will be allllll gooood.

Students can use lots of technology on their own, and they don't need "help" figuring out computers, and we dont need to buy them their own ipads. Go back to mastery learning, instilling self- discipline, and a new thing: ensure that parents know their job before they create students. That should be a required ms/hs class.

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Dec-20-13 11:08 AM

So many schools are now regretting one to one initiatives. Waste of money. You do not need every kid to have an ipad for them to learn the skills they need. So much research is coming out about how 1 to 1 is not showing the bang for the buck improvements one would expect.

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Dec-20-13 10:03 AM

I'd say it is an exaggeration, and was intentionally worded to add to his agenda. My problem isn't with improving the school, it's the charade of letting the people have their say.

Yes, they did vote down the referendum, but it really doesn't matter as the school will spend anyway, and the responsibility will be put back on the voters when cuts are made.

There will be a direct quote stating that "unfortunately the cuts have to be made because the referendum didn't pass last fall."

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Dec-20-13 8:57 AM

Farmkid if you were willing to pay more taxes for a cause, would it be an exaggeration to say you were strongly in favor of that cause? Did the majority vote no because they do not want improvements in the school district, or because they do not want to pay more taxes? Perhaps our schools are good enough because it is easy to hire educated specialists from other countries. It is good that our school board has discussions to set priorities.

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Dec-20-13 7:04 AM

"Even though the recent referendum failed, by fewer than 25 votes, it was apparent that nearly half of the voters were strongly in favor of technology integration and safety improvements for the district. Monday's process brought up some of those same issues, Willert said."

In other words, the minority views it as important enough to vote for it in a referendum. Interesting how that becomes "strongly in favor".

Cuts are coming. Tick tock.

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