New technology arrives at Incline High School
Special to the Bonanza
The 2015 annual Crab and Pasta Feed organized by the IHS Boosters was an amazing success thanks to the community’s generosity.
The Fund-a-Need donations for laptop computers were double that was expected by the Boosters.
Last week, one cart and 19 old and very slow laptops were replaced by three high-tech carts, each holding 30 new laptop computers and one accompanying printer.
Students are already using the laptops and excited about having greater access.
“The new computers are much faster than the older ones,” said IHS student Bridgette Johnson. “It’s great to have a cart for every floor, because in the past, classes throughout the school shared just one cart. Now we have ample access to the newer, faster computers.”
While at a recent executive booster meeting, Andrew Yoxismer, IHS Site Administrator, shared his primary goal for education: “Our largest goal for IHS is to make it a leading institution for high-tech learning, and this includes adding classes for computer languages, graphic and structural design.”
“In addition to excellent teachers, we need to incorporate technology in the classroom and prepare our students for the future, and these laptops are a giant step forward for our school,” added Shelah Brown, Librarian and English Department leader. I” sincerely thank the hard work of the Boosters and generous community for not only these computers, but a plethora of items provided as a result of the Crab and Pasta Feed fundraiser.”
Leslie Hermann, Incline Schools Principal, said: “Our school needs an infrastructure update to ultimately support 1-on-1 computing. Having these new computers helps move us up the ladder for retrofitting our location and enabling the bandwidth for more technology.
“Without the additional and ongoing support of families and the community these types of technology leaps would not happen for Incline Village students.”
As a result of the more than $180,000 in donations, a long list of other items requested by teachers to assist learning have been purchased.
Some of these items include SmartBoard peripherals, needed athletic equipment and many other basic teaching supplies.
The Boosters are also looking at filling a staffing gap by hiring an outside agent to provide college placement counseling and to purchase more education software.
In addition, funds are helping to support student events and activities such as kick-starting a new IHS newspaper.
“Ultimately, the generosity of our families and community each year helps IHS students compete more effectively for placement in colleges and vocational careers,” said Sharon Schrage, IHS Boosters President.
Thank you families and community for your outstanding support this year and in the future.
Annette Summers is an Incline Boosters mother and fundraiser chair.
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