SHERMAN - Sherman Central School students in grades five and six will each be presented with an iPad at the beginning of the new school year as part of an initiative to move toward a paperless environment.
Sherman Superintendent Kaine Kelly told the school board of the "one-to-one" initiative plan Thursday night, June 13. The program will have the effect of "flipping the classroom," that is, homework will involve watching short instructional videos and PowerPoint presentations, while classroom time will focus on hands-on experience, he said.
Self-directed remedial work will also be available in the program, Kelly said. The fifth and sixth grade faculty will give a presentation to the board on the initiative in September or October.
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Although construction continues at Sherman Central School, the main entrance hall, with the SCS Wall of Fame way is the finished. Phase three of construction will focus on the science labs, which need to be finished by the start of the school year.
Kaine said he hopes the initiative can be expanded to the high school grades.
"This can make computer labs a thing of the past," he said.
Sherman has always striven to remain advanced in the area of technology, Kelly said.
"We made that commitment five or six years ago and we have stuck with it," he said.
Kelly also noted Sherman's elementary school was ranked 16th out of 281 elementary schools in Western New York by Buffalo Business First.
"I think it speaks volumes about the job that our elementary teachers are doing," he said.
In other business, the board approved a motion to hire a summer driver's education teacher. Kelly presented the option to seek someone to fill the spot or to skip the program for this year. There are at least 30 students who could make use of the program, Kelly said, but there are 12 to 15 seniors whom he thought should have the opportunity before they graduate.
Phase three of the district's building project is "flying," Kelly said. The work is especially focusing on the science labs, which need to be finished by the start of the school year.
"We're going to crack the whip and keep moving," he said.
Kelly reported the semi-pro football team, The Chautauqua Stampede, will have its first game of the season on Sunday, July 14. The school has drawn up a full-lease agreement with Stampede owner Andy Lyon and the league commissioner, he said.
"This way we have some teeth is there should be an issue," Kelly said.
Plans are moving ahead to combine the junior varsity football program with that of Clymer school district, Kelly said. The districts are, "hammering out the details," and the coaches will be meeting soon to develop a schedule, he said.
Nominations are being accepted for the Wall of Fame along the main entrance to the school, Kelly said. Letters will be sent out to 2,000 alumni.
Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 22.