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By Amanda Dolasinski
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Schools in the Franklin Regional district are set for wireless connectivity next year.

School directors on Monday approved a $640,500 technology budget, which will move computers, upgrade software and allow teachers to access educational apps on wireless devices.

About 300 computers at the high school and middle school will transition into a wireless system, Brad Schrecengost, supervisor of technology, said. The move is expected to save the district money on storage and hardware.

He proposed moving Heritage, Newlonsburg and Sloan elementary schools onto a wireless system. The schools have a 9-year-old wireless network that is limited to the main office and library, he said. That wireless addition would particularly benefit special education teachers who use tablets to access apps during lessons in the classroom. Many apps require an internet connection.

Administrators initiated a “Bring Your Own Device” policy for four teachers at the high school on a trial basis to determine if it's possible to phase out computer purchases and instead elect to have students bring their own wireless accessible devices.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or adolasinski@trib.com.

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