District buys more Chromebooks

  • Assistant Superintendent David Beauchamp talks about preschool opportunities at Monday’s Jaffrey-Rindge School Board meeting.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Technology Director Warren Leubkeman discusses purchasing Chromebooks at Monday’s School Board meeting.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:24AM

With early childhood education being a hot-button topic nationwide, the Jaffrey-Rindge School District is taking a look at its preschool offerings. 

The School Board heard a presentation from the district’s preschool committee Monday, which recommended adding community members before deciding whether or not to expand pre-school options. Currently, there is a waiting list for pre-school in the district.

“Preschool is an effective beginning to any youngster’s career,” said Assistant Superintendent David Beauchamp. “The earlier we start, the better their futures will be.”

The district offers preschool to 38 students. The district is required to provide coverage to all 3- and 4-year-olds that have identified special needs, as well as others, via a lottery system. 

Other business

The School Board elected to purchase more Chromebooks for the district, after the bid came in more than $7,000 under the budgeted amount. With units costing $240, the district can purchase 150 Chromebooks, 30 more than anticipated. The 30 additional will be used in the high school and middle school media centers. 

Technology Director Warren Luebkeman also outlined the district’s infrastructure plan, which is designed to create a one-to-one computer plan. 

The board approved a bid to replace the cooler and freezer at Jaffrey Grade School for $24,950. The district received updates from PEP and QUEST, summer camps aimed at helping students retain skills over the summer.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.