Voters to decide on wireless technology

CHESTERTOWN North Warren has put together its 2007-08 school proposed budget supporting its goals of improving student achievement, advancing technology skills and increasing second language instruction. With a total budget amount of $11,937,467, the spending increase is 3.04 percent. The estimated tax levy increase is 3.57 percent. Voting is on Tuesday, May 15 from noon until 8 p.m. in the main foyer of the school. Part of the increase is to improve training for the increasing number of students who attend career and technical training at BOCES. The district anticipates 34 students who will take programs including New Visions programs for engineering and nursing. The district has also added a non-regents physics course. The district has also added a foreign language teacher and an academic coach to work with staff in and out of the classroom to facilitate more effective teacher-learning strategies. There is another proposition on the ballot along with the proposed budget. By using one-time EXCEL aid, the district is proposing a project that includes implementing a network managed wireless access throughout the building. Wireless accessibility to the Internet removes the need to keep separate classrooms with desktop computers and allows computer use throughout the building. The district is moving to more laptop computers to limit power use and increase availability to technology. With the EXCEL aid and state building aid, the cost to the district is expected to cost the district $315,182. The North Warren Board of Education has two vacancies for three year terms. Marion Eagan and William Orluk are running unopposed.

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