Eidahl said the money, along with a continuing investment by the school district, will pay to "equip every elementary class with devices to support instruction," as well as access to laptops for every teacher to use in the classroom.
The district had recently come up with a plan for what the district should look like at the end of this decade. The board referred to it as the "2020 Plan." The Legacy Foundation has put Ottumwa schools on track to reach their goal both faster and, Eidahl said, "equitably."
Adding a little bit of technology at a time as money becomes available means one classroom is going to have computers and another will not. That may be rectified the following year, but then there's another classroom on the other side of town without the same access.
"Now," said Eidahl, "the experience you get in one third-grade classroom is equal to the education a child receives in another third-grade classroom."
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