WPPS distance learning gets upgrade
Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:20
Distance learning classes, both those sent and received at West Point-Beemer High School, should be enhanced when students return for classes after the Christmas break.
The West Point Public Schools Board of Education last week approved spending $58,204 to replace the technology used to send and receive the audio and video for the classes.
A lot of the equipment being replaced has been in use more than 10 years and is outdated, school administrators said.
Technology director Andy Boell said WP-B is having some issues sending and receiving classes with other districts that have upgraded their equipment in the last few years.
WPPS is paid for each class it teaches and makes available to other schools via distance learning. It is paid more if the class is a college credit course.
High school principal DJ Weddle said the distance learning room is used nearly every period of the day.
The funds for the upgrade were included in this year’s budget.
Also last week, the board learned of a new program that has started at West Point Elementary School.
It is offered from 3:45 until 5 p.m. every Monday and offers students academic and homework support, goal setting activities and tips on making healthy choices.
WPES students in grades 4-6 can also get homework help Monday through Thursday from 3:40-4 p.m. from classroom teachers.