SL School Board plans to go wireless

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

The Storm Lake Board of Education this week approved spending approximately $50,000 from a Star Schools grant to set up a wireless Internet connection between buildings.

When the district's Internet service faced substantial increases last fall, the district used about $25,000 in the grant funding for digital service, which was a "stop-gap" measure, said Steve Scarbrough, district technology coordinator.

The school board has considered installing fiber between all of the district's buildings, but with the possibility of a new elementary no decisions will be made now. Scarbrough said fiber optics installation is estimated to cost up to $200,000.

The wireless connection between buildings should alleviate slow network access at the middle school, he said.

* Community Education Director Pat Cowan said her office will take a new approach to its summer enrichment camps.

In previous years, Community Ed would host a two-week camp. However, there was little interest from instructors to be involved, she said.

This year Community Ed plans on hosting classes periodically throughout the summer to better accommodate instructors and students.

Also, Cowan said she does not know how cuts to the City of Storm Lake by the state will affect Community Ed's budget.

After the State of Iowa cut funding to cities, the City of Storm Lake was forced to find how to handle those cuts, which could mean cutting funding to outside agencies.

School Board President Mark Schultz said the school board and city will have to meet if the city cuts its portion of Community Ed's funding.

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