Forum on iPads for fourth-graders

Parents of students in grades 4 or below are encouraged to attend a public forum Wednesday to discuss a Neary Elementary School proposal to integrate iPads into student curriculum beginning in January. The iPads would be a component of the school’s new One:One technology pilot program launched by principal Linda Murdock this year. Parents are encouraged to purchase iPads for their children at a cost estimated between $550 and $700. If families can show financial aid is needed, the school will try to assist with the purchase, though families can also opt out altogether, and those students will have access to iPads during the school day. There has already been opposition to the proposal by some parents who feel it is an unfair financial burden, and believe they haven’t been given enough information on how the technology will be used. The program would initially be limited to fourth-grade students, but would expand to lower grades if successful. The parent forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Trottier Middle School auditorium.