Out with the Old…

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Published on: May 30, 2013

It’s going to be a very different summer at my school district this year. Though we’re only doing a limited laptop replacement for staff, I’ll be making some big changes behind the scenes with our older equipment, which I plan to talk more about soon.

Also, we’re doing some construction. Our original high school building was built in 1919, and it’s come to the point where it would cost us more to maintain and repair it than it would to tear it down and build new. Thanks to some grants and matching-funds opportunities, we are erecting a new school building between our elementary and high school buildings, and then we will raze the original portion of the high school.

The work began in earnest this week. Yesterday they tore down and mulched some trees, and today they started ripping out concrete.

Noise and chaos and testosterone abound
Noise and chaos and testosterone abound

It’s a lot of fun to watch.

Meanwhile, we’ve also ripped out two labs for redecoration and remodeling. Our old setup wasn’t terrible, but was very inflexible. Now that we have laptops in one of those labs, I can take advantage of this opportunity to start considering some more flexible and friendlier lab spaces.

Last but not least, I’ve gotten my hands on a few Google Chromebooks from Samsung. I like what I’ve seen so far, but I’m going to give it a few more weeks of playing with and hammering on them before I post any kind of a writeup.

I’m expecting it to be a hectic but fun summer.

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