Students in the Alton School District will see an increase in technology starting next year following the approval of a lease with CNB Bank & Trust last Monday night. District officials OK'd the agreement almost a year after the district installed wireless networks in all buildings to support 1-to-1 initiatives. In addition to building the infrastructure, the district also enacted policies allowing students to bring their own technology from home and created a district-wide technology committee.

Chris Norman, Director of Financial Services for the Alton School District, says this agreement is a major move forward for the district.

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Norman also says that all K-6 regular, and special education teachers and a select group of 9th grade teachers will receive Dell laptops and will have access to professional training on the equipment and supporting materials.

In addition, the agreement will provide the Early Childhood Center with 20 netbooks, 20 Ipads will be given to certain special education classes, kindergarten and first grade classes will have at least four desktops per class, second grade classes will have six Google Chromebooks per class, third and fourth grade classes will get 10 Google Chromebooks, a pilot program will provide 80 Chromebooks to the 9th grade level and the district will be completely 1-to-1 with Chromebooks at the fifth and six grade levels.

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