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The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved an amended technology budget of $137,190 at Monday’s May meeting.

Technology Facilitator Shane Snyder recommended purchasing keypads for the district’s iPad units, currently used by the fifth through 12th grade students, and equipping administrators and the technology team iMacs as a pilot program.

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By eliminating portable computer labs, the district is expected to realize a savings in time.

The board approved the resignations of long-time assistant coaches Heidi Van Dyke (volleyball) and Randy Jahnke (basketball) and the retirement of bus driver George Kramer.

Superintendent Lee Westrum outlined a Teacher Evaluation Plan which will be used during the 2014-2015 school year. Westrum said each teacher will have an individual growth plan and a peer coaching plan.

“Like any complex plan there will be some things we will change down the road but I think it is a good plan,” Westrum said. “There will be a lot of change next year.”

Student achievement will also be brought into the evaluation process according to Westrum.

“It sounds easy  to say we’re going to use student achievement to evaluate a teacher but it’s a lot more complicated than it looks,” Westrum said. “You have a lot of tests out there but a lot of tests don’t necessarily apply to teachers in particular areas.”

Westrum also told the board the district budget will be set for their review at the June 9 meeting.

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