Industry News

10/10/2014

10/10/2014

Quintron Systems, Inc.'s access control system, AccessNsite, has been installed districtwide in Kettering City Schools system by Copp Integrated Systems. The district needed to replace and upgrade perimeter doors with electrical systems integration for access control and video surveillance, as well as a new intercom communication system.

10/10/2014

West Virginia's Board of Education granted local control back to the Grant County school system. Five years ago, the state board stepped in when a report cited serious deficiencies within the school system including a break down in leadership, a lack of AP and honors classes as well as individual schools failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress five years in a row.

10/10/2014

Texas' Dallas ISD, which serves the five students who may have come into direct contact with the first Ebola patient on American soil prior to his hospitalization, have also been responding with Ebola fever scanners in five Dallas ISD campuses to monitor student temperatures. Another Texas district, Midland ISD, has also put a plan in place to minimize its Ebola risk.

10/10/2014

After a push to end Bible classes in area elementary schools, Rowan-Salisbury School System leaders said the classes will go on as normal while they assess whether the school is in line with the Constitution. The Freedom from Religion Foundation wants the district to stop teaching the Bible, saying schools are for secular education.

10/10/2014

The fate of an $800 million school bond referendum could depend on what voters think is in greater disrepair: Broward County schools or their trust in those who would spend the money. The Broward County School District is asking voters to approve a general obligation bond to a multitude of issues in the district's oldest schools.

10/10/2014

The Kennewick School Board will ask for $89.5 million to help pay for five schools and various other projects as part of a proposed bond measure this winter. It would pay for two new elementary schools, a rebuilt elementary school and two new middle schools. The bond also would pay for other building improvements and land for future schools.

10/10/2014

The city's public high school enrollment rose to almost 12,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year, an increase of about 10 percent from a year earlier, according to newly released records. Ninth grade in particular saw gains, which could indicate even more growth in the future. None of the two dozen schools lost more than about 25 students.

10/9/2014

10/9/2014

The Virginia city's school officials are conducting an intensive internal investigation of student records after a board member shared confidential information about at least 20 students with a vendor that provides mental health services.

10/9/2014

Vernier Software & Technology has expanded its offerings with the Go Wireless pH and the NODE+ CO2 Gas and Thermocouple sensor modules. Using the Go Wireless pH, teachers and students can remotely monitor and collect pH data. The CO2 Gas sensor module measures CO2 gas concentration in air while the Thermocouple measures temperatures.

10/9/2014

Mobile County Public School System, Alabama's largest school system, has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education with the launch of the Digital Literacy Media Project. Under the professional development program, a network of teachers and media specialists create and share innovative teaching strategies for BYOD transitions.

10/9/2014

The Chicago Public School system has faced notorious budget cuts in recent years, and closed 49 schools in 2013. Recent money-saving moves to privatize management of custodial and cafeteria services have drawn the ire of parents and faculty, who have alleged schools are dirtier — and school lunches are worse than ever.

10/9/2014

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board approved the schematic design for the $78.8 million Cleveland Heights High School renovation, despite the project coming in 4 percent –- more than $3.1 million –- over budget.

10/9/2014

The Asheville City Board of Education approved a budget that includes the construction of two new schools. The $109 million schools budget includes $55 million for capital outlay. In addition to the new elementary and middle schools, city schools have about $989,000 in other capital projects.

10/9/2014

The primary duty of schools is to teach. Yet at high schools throughout California, students are assigned to “classes” with no instruction, in which they're warehoused, assigned chores or even sent home for a period or two. The latter is, in effect, school-sanctioned truancy.

10/9/2014

Indianapolis Public Schools next year could consider bringing a free public boarding school — one of just a few in the country — to the city. The concept behind the school is to build a stronger academic school and a safer, more stable daily life for lower income children.

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