Robert Barron, Daily News
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
All the schools in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district should be equipped to allow access to wireless technology by the end the 2013-14 school year.
A report prepared by IBM Consultants that was tabled in July recommended that the district adopt a strategic plan to co-ordinate information technology standards in its schools and to establish a centralized model for acquiring the necessary equipment.
While most of the district's secondary schools have adequate wireless technology, very few of its more than 30 elementary schools have the same capabilities.
District spokeswoman Donna Reimer said the plan is to have all the secondary schools and four elementary schools equipped with up-to-date wireless technology by the end of this school year, with the rest expected in 2014.
In a report, the district's information systems manager Steve Sproston said that the goal of having wireless technology in local schools meets health and safety standards.
School board chairman Jamie Brennan said it's important that the district's students are taught how to use wireless technologies.