KERENS–Kerens ISD trustees voted Dec. 16 to buy 30 interactive panels for classroom use at the secondary school, which is scheduled to open in the spring.
The school board also bought 30 computers with the 30 interactive panels, the latter of which appear like televisions, but have many more capabilities. Teachers Stephanie Priddy and Shannon McQueen showed trustees that the panels act like a chalkboard in allowing free-hand drawing, and can perform calculations, draw geometric shapes and display changeable worksheets.
The panels also have timer and stop-watch functions and can record classroom lessons that can be shared with absent students through Google Classroom. The panels also can display text-only emergency alerts, are provided with stands upon which they are mounted and come with 5-year warranties.
The technological equipment was purchased from Master Audio Visuals of Longview for just over $90,000, of which $68,400 went for the 30 panels. Around $75,000 of the total cost will come from the school’s technology fund, with the rest taken from the district’s general fund.
Also, trustees approved buying nearly $25,000 worth of tables and chairs for the new secondary school. During the meeting, Stephen Berry of Berry and Clay Construction, which is handing the campus overhaul, said his company was “getting ready for the final finish” to complete the secondary school. With the weather cooperating, Berry said, “things are really going our way right now.”