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Part 5 of 5: The future of technology; expectations for the next few years

September 20, 2011

“Books still have their place — they will always have their place,” said Lincoln Jr. High School principal Dan Funston.
However, after going to computers for every student this year, area schools say that they expect to keep up with ever-changing technology.
Schools have a three or four-year lease with Apple, after which they can choose to keep the computers they have — or go with a new technology.
“I see us continuing to stay current and teach the kids these skills,” said Funston. “We are going to remain at the front of teaching our kids technology skills.”

Female inmate pronounced dead

September 19, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Marshall County Sheriff's Department reports that a 35-year-old female inmate was declared dead at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth at approximately 5 a.m. Monday from an apparent medical event.
The death is being investigated by the Indiana State Police, Marshall County coroner, and the sheriff's department.
A further release is forthcoming from the coroner's office as further information becomes available.

Michael Jackson impersonator kicks off concert series

September 17, 2011

The 2011-2012 Huffington Concert Series at Culver Academies kicks off Thursday, September 29 with Michael Jackson impersonator Joby Rogers' "The Ultimate Michael Experience," a journey through the music and dancing of "the king of pop" as impersonated by Rogers, who was chosen by Jackson himself as the top finalist in a contest against 116 other impersonators.

Part 4 of 5: Concerns for parents—how to monitor your child's usage; what's your financial responsibility?

September 16, 2011

How can parents be sure that their children are doing what they are supposed to with their school-provided computer? After all, the “Internet generation” was so named for a reason: they tend to be more technology-inclined than their parents. The fact has not gone unaddressed by area schools.
“We are giving (students) a device to take home that could be harmful to them,” said Culver Community High School principal Albert Hanselman.
Now that one-to-one allows students to take their computers home, parents may experience some worry about how to monitor their child’s computer time.

August Little 500 Go-Cart race coming next year?

September 16, 2011

PLYMOUTH — If things continue to keep falling in place, Plymouth could be the site of a Little 500 Go-Cart race in August of next year.
FOP Lodge 195 has been researching the possibility of holding go-cart races in the downtown area. It has been more than 15 years since that type of race was held here.
Heading up the initial fact finding on the particulars of what a race would entail are FOP members Joe Reed and Phil Scott. Reed has made trips to various towns in and out of the state to observe races and meet with promoters.

Park board debates restroom placement in historic structure, ending swimming fees

September 15, 2011

Debate arose last week over whether to convert part of the 1880s-era railroad waiting station turned picnic pavilion at the town park into public restrooms, at the monthly meeting of the Culver Parks and Recreation board. Discussion ensued last Wednesday evening after park director Kelly Young outlined hoped-for projects in the coming months and year for the park following finalization of its budget in October or November.

Biggest Loser contestant visits Plymouth for health fair

September 15, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Marci Crozier, Biggest Loser season 11 contestant, will be the keynote speaker at the LifePlex community health fair Sept. 21. She will be speaking on women’s health and sharing some of her experiences from the show beginning at 6 p.m.
Crozier is only one of the many speakers scheduled for the day, which begins at 7 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. The free community event is designed to get residents interested in pursuing a more fit lifestyle.

Part 3 of 5: There's an app for that: Computer use in classroom, at home

September 15, 2011

With computers in front of them, students can look up assignments, use endless resources online, or download an application to help with what they are doing. Albert Hanselman, Culver Community High School principal, said that one task students use their iPads for in the classroom is taking notes on a teacher’s PowerPoint presentation electronically. Some textbooks are online, so students use their devices to read their book in class. Hanselman said that students can also download resources such as a dictionary or calculator free of charge.

No more paper savings bonds?

September 14, 2011

Beginning Jan. 1, walking into a bank and purchasing a paper savings bond will be a thing of the past. The new year will usher in a new way of handling savings bonds — the financial practice that began in 1935 is moving completely online.

Public affairs specialist Lateefah Thompson, from the Bureau of Public Debt, said that online savings bonds have been offered as an option since 2002. The difference now is that online will be the only option.

This is a continuation of the “go green” initiative that the federal government began implementing in April.

Part 2 of 5: Who pays? Finding the funds for every student

September 14, 2011

At $1,199 (the retail price for a MacBook), these computers don’t come cheap. A question in many people’s minds might be, where are schools getting the money to pay for these things?
Schools are relying on their usual budget, along with revenue from rental fees, to pay a lease for the devices from Apple. At the end of the four-year lease agreement, schools can either keep the computers or sell them back to Apple.

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