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Unit 10 to Give Away Chromebooks To Continue Closing Technology Divide

By Stephanie Malench

The Collinsville School Board met on March 15 with several milestone reports. Beginning this week, it will be the first time in a year that Unit 10 students will be attending in person four days a week in Pre-K through 12th grades.

Dr. Brad Skertich announced during his superintendent’s report that the district has started planning for summer school, programs for English Language Learners and Jump Start Programs  to help address the impact of the pandemic on students both academically and socially. The programs and transportation for students attending these programs will be paid for using money from both rounds of CARES funding.

The district is also planning on distributing the Chrombooks scheduled to be recycled each year along with a hot spot to families in need through PC’s for People on a Friday night at the Fairmont City Library in mid-April.

Another change in policy in response to the pandemic passed is the suspension of the spring semester exams for high school students. This will allow teachers to through the last day of student attendance. Dual credit and AP classes can still give an end of the semester test but it will only count as a regular 2nd quarter test grade.

A resolution was passed renaming the JV baseball field, known as “The Field on CHS Hill” as the Russ Keene Baseball Field in honor of the late, distinguished health and drivers education teacher and basketball, baseball, and football coach at CHS for 33 years. A ceremony will be held at a later date.

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