HANOVERTON - The United Local School District is going wireless.
The school board Thursday night approved a bid of $29,300 from Morrow Electric for the wire upgrade in the technology department throughout the K-12 campus, the first renovation project to be addressed after the unsuccessful attempts at a new school building in 2011.
According to schools Superintendent RuthAnn Rinto, the new wireless system, which includes two new servers and almost three miles of cable, is necessary to keep the students on pace with other area districts.
"We need the tools for the kids to have wireless access for today's learning," she said.
The move will make it possible for each student to have a personal electronic device as well as enhance blended learning in the classroom, incorporating technology to complement teacher instruction, Rinto explained. A technology team at the high school will research what is the best use of technology for the students, she said.
The wireless system is one of several building projects that were put on hold while the board attempted to pass a 3.92-mill, 37-year bond issue that would have raised the 21 percent local share of a $39.5 million project to replace the oldest parts of the current K-12 campus with a state-of-the-art facility.