SEHS students to receive iPads

SLEEPY EYE – The District 84 School Board learned about how students will use iPads this school year from iPad Coordinator Troy Vangness and elementary teacher Samantha Schmidt on Wednesday.

Vangness used Powerpoint to show iPad books he created will include photo galleries, interactive images and other features he said make iPads “something more than ordinary textbooks.” iPads will be distributed to sophomores this year and sophomores and juniors next school year.

“Students can click on words and get their definitions,” Vangness said. “Students can interact with teachers in a controlled environment monitored by our tech department. I think the kids are excited about it.”

Schmidt said students could take part in online blogs and use the iPads to create a school “newspaper.” She said students can use a number of iPad applications if teachers are willing to work with them. “Lots of kids have already signed up to use them,” Schmidt said. “It’s exciting.”

Superintendent John Cselovszki said he’s willing to spend school funds on iPad applications that have instructional value.

In other action, the board unanimously approved:

Hiring Misty Ladd as a Special Education Paraprofessional at $9.93/hr; Kathyn Serra as a 5/6 FTE elementary teacher at $32,688; Casie Schewe as long-term kindergarten substitute, .835 FTE at $27,294.48; head track coach Brian Bauleke at $3,907 and assistant tennis coach Amy Altmann at $2,833.

A joint speech teacher agreement with the Sibley East school district for the 2014-15.

Adjusting the single milk price at $.40.

Denial of Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) specialist Cheyennen Lax’s leave of absence request.

The next board meeting begins at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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