iPad Initiative

November 13, 2013

THORP SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES UNIQUE INITIATIVE; ONLY SCHOOL IN KITTITAS COUNTY TO PURCHASE AN IPAD FOR EVERY STUDENT

THORP, Wash (July 25, 2013) –The district passed a $250,000 Technology Capital Projects Levy on the February 12, 2013 Kittitas County election ballot by 57.1%.  The first program to be implemented from the approved levy is a cutting edge technology program that is the first of its kind in Kittitas County. Thorp School District (NO. 400) has an initiative for the 2013 – 2014 school year that will provide an iPad to each of their 120 students from pre-school through high school.

Linda Martin, Superintendent/Principal of the Thorp School District, said, “Our students live in a digital world and we want to ensure that the education we offer them includes the tools they will need for the future. This is an exciting journey that our district is starting and our faculty looks forward to learning along with our students.  Although the tools that we use to educate our children are changing rapidly, our goal of increased and enhanced student learning remains the same.”  Martin continues by saying, “We’re grateful to our supportive community that has made this initiative possible.”

This levy has authorized the Thorp School District to increase property taxes by $50,000 per year for five years in order to fund technology upgrades and modernization in the district. The estimated millage rate for this tax is 0.228 mill ($0.228 per $1,000 of assessed valuation).  The iPad initiative is approximately one fifth of the budget with other technology upgrades planned in the coming year including an updated telephone system, new bell system, and new computers for the school.

Approximately 93% of the districts current computers have been procured through surplus donations and 87% of the computers run 2001 Windows XP which is no longer supported by Microsoft.  The upgrades will not only improve the student’s learning environment, but also focus on student safety with the updated security through communication tools and student assessment through a change to the state’s digital evaluation tools.

Along with the iPad and technology improvements, Thorp is also in the process of upgrading the HVAC system and other infrastructure through a 2013 grant awarded to the district.  Linda Martin invites the media to visit Thorp School District to see the iPad initiative program in person along with other exciting upgrades.  Martin can be contacted at martinl@thorpschools.org or 509.964.2107.

About Thorp School District:  The vision of the district is to become a recognized educational leader preparing all students to achieve their greatest potential.  Furthermore, the mission statement of the district is:  Students, parents, staff and community work as a team to provide a safe, equitable, and creative learning environment devoted to excellence, in which students become accountable, self-directed, life-long learners prepared to be productive members of society.  The school averages approximately 120 students from pre-school through 12th grade and has 33 faculty (full and part-time).

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