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WDC preparing for 'flood' of iPads

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education Wadena, 56482
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

The Wadena-Deer Creek School District has dealt with the effects of an EF4 tornado, now they have to prepare for a flood.

The "flood" will come in the form of 635 Apple iPad 2 tablet computers for use this fall by WDC faculty and students in the new secondary school. The plan is for faculty members to receive their iPads within the next couple weeks so they can become acquainted with them. Students will be issued iPads and iPad cases when the school year begins. The advantage is that iPads can be updated with new curriculum. Secondary students will keep the iPads with them just as they would textbooks.

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"The big focus is on how we are changing our curriculum," Technology Coordinator Aaron Johnson said. "We're making it more accessible and more interesting."

The cost of the iPads is $290,000 with $288,274 of that amount covered by the district's technology fund.

Monday's iPad approval was part of the 2012-2013 capital requests presented to the District 2155 school board. Other capital requests granted included an exhaust fan for the elementary boiler room ($4,000), sidewalk repairs ($6,500), irrigation sleeves ($6,500), 54 computers for the elementary ($45,900), traffic control ($5,320), software renewal ($28,100), technology replacement and miscellaneous costs ($5,000), elementary classroom ($3,500), secondary classroom ($5,000) and activities ($3,500).

The budget requests approved came to $119,320. An additional $133,487 in requests was not approved.

One need that is considered tornado insurance-related is a $9,400 storage shed for track and field equipment. The shed will be built on the west side of the football field/track

complex.

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