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MS music lab gets wired

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

WIRES: Wires are being installed in the music department at Mammoth Spring School
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring School Board heard an update from Tommy Massey, the school music director, about the music lab project at the school at the Nov. 16 school board meeting at the school.

Massey told school board members he had donated the computers and keyboard for the lab. The board voted to support the project by furnishing wire, tables and computer arms. The project will completely automate the music department at the school.

High school principal Brian Davis gave board members an update about the digital sign the school is in the process of purchasing. He said the total cost of the sign will be $15,600 and the school has raised $9,300. He said the sign was recently ordered and should arrive in four to six weeks.

The board set Dec. 20 as the date for the Christmas dinner at the school for the school staff and their families.

Superintendent Ron Taylor said the school had applied for and received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set up a Distance Learning Lab at the school. He said the grant was for $50,000 and would bring interactive TV into the classroom so students could learn as a group.

Taylor elaborated on the new lab: "The Distance Learning Lab will supply our students equipment to offer courses that are not currently offered on our campus. These courses will include advanced placement courses as well as additional foreign language courses.

"With this new equipment our students will have the opportunity to take classes they normally could not, whether due to scheduling conflicts or because the course is not offered on our campus. The equipment would also be used to work in cooperation with other school districts in our area to share course content and teachers."

Taylor said the lab will be used by elementary to high school students who will be able to take virtual field trips that would otherwise be impossible to take. He said students could visit museums or universities and meet with scientists around the globe.

Before the meeting closed, the superintendent told the board he currently had another grant in the works, also for $50,000. He said it is a Workforce Education Grant and would help fund the Medical Profession Program at the school. The superintendent said a building for both new programs is needed and the old vo-ag building might be used. He said this would have to be decided before next fall.

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