Problem with ISD 194 iPad initiative
To the editor:
I continue to read with interest about the Lakeville Public School’s technology initiatives and Superintendent Lisa Snyder’s agenda for using iPad technology in classrooms.
Have the citizens of Lakeville forgotten that the school district has failed three levy referendums in the past eight years? Have people forgotten the impact even one failed levy can have on staffing, budget and teaching and learning issues – let alone three failed levies?
The district is facing a huge deficit in the general fund budget while dealing with continuing cutbacks of staff, rising class sizes and all the subsequent pressures these factors have on teaching and learning.
What is being done to address those issues by the new superintendent, her administration and board?
When excellent teachers with seven years experience and more are being cut, realigned to other grade levels and departments in which they have never taught, learning is going to suffer. Class size in some fifth-grade classrooms in the district is at 38 students, and the district leadership is thinking iPads? Sorry, something is wrong with that picture.
Effective leaders step up to the plate when there is a problem, be it budgetary, employee related or otherwise. The most significant challenge facing the Lakeville Public Schools at the present time is not technology. It is a fiscal problem and at some point will have to be addressed by the new superintendent and her board.
Retired District 194 principal