Students will receive updated laptop handbook

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 21st Century Learning Initiative has been quite successful since the implementation of “One to One Computing” at PAHS over a year ago, Principal David London said at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

London presented the new 21st Century Learning handbooks to the board for its approval Wednesday.

The district has had “One to One” Computing — in which each high school student has his or her own laptop computer — for the last year-and-a-half, London said. But he wanted to make some changes in the handbook.

London said most of the changes deal with damages, repairs and replacement costs.

“We want to hold the students more accountable and recover a few more costs that the district is experiencing in damages to the computers,” he said. “We’d like to see more accountability in accidental, malicious and negligent damage all in one.”
London said he’s added a list of insurance agents toward the end of the booklet, and the district will encourage users to purchase insurance for their computers in the event of accidental or negligent damage.

The district collected quite a bit of insurance money this past school year for damages, and London plans to encourage more people to purchase the insurance, he said. The book will include the costs of some of the damages that have been incurred.

The new handbook will also tell students what to do if a computer becomes damaged and how to pay for the repairs.

London said the copy of an invoice will now be included in the hand book so students and parents can see ahead of time what some of those repairs may cost.

Until now, that information was taken care of with a letter. Now, to save on paper, the administration is using the invoice format.

London said there will be an orientation for freshmen students and parents regarding “One to One Computing,” and an updated orientation for students in grades 10 through 12 and their parents when the regular orientations are held.

The board accepted the handbook. Board members planned to review it and vote on the changes at the next meeting.

Also Wednesday, the board:

• Approved a motion to pay Lancaster-Lebananon IU No. 13 $5,628 for 4-sights assessments.

• Approved a motion to pay Holt McDougal $4,113 for language arts books.

• Approved the purchase of tech ed supplies from Allegheny Educational Systems.

• Approved the purchase of National Geographic Little Kids Magazine at a cost of $4,080.

• Approved the recommendation for the 1963 undefeated football team to be honored at a home football game in 2013 and provide free admission to former players and spouses or significant others.

• Approved that fourth- and fifth-grade students who attend open house with their parents receive free admittance to the Sept. 6 home football game.

• Approved the resignations of Mike Carlson as JV girls’ basketball coach; Paul Hetrick as an assistant baseball coach; and Joe DiPietro as an assistant baseball coach.

• Approved Frank Bizousky, volunteer football coach; Rick Graffius, volunteer girls’ tennis coach; and Doug Craft, volunteer cross country coach.