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February 22, 2013

Union uses federal funds for technology

NEW CASTLE — A portion of Title 1 federal funding is being used for technical advancement in the Union Area School District.

During the educational report segment of this week’s board meeting, Linda O’Neill, elementary principal and Title 1 coordinator for the district, noted some of that program’s federal funding was used to purchase Barnes and Noble classroom Nook e-readers.

According to O’Neill, the readers are being used in a third-grade classroom, fifth- and sixth-grade reading programs and all Title 1 remedial programs.

This is a pilot program for the district, O’Neill said.

Students provided each board member with a Nook, then demonstrated various ways of using the e-readers in class, such as looking up a challenging word and how the tool helps motivate them. Four teachers representing the elementary school, middle school and Title 1 reading program also talked about Nook usage in the classroom.

It was an excellent education report, explained Dr. Alfonso “Butch” Angelucci, superintendent, who said the district hopes to expand the e-reader program.

“It was well received by the board.”

Angelucci also said the board and the teachers union have been meeting regularly to negotiate a new contract.

The current three-year contract with the district expires June 30.

In other business, the board:

•Placed Bryanna Nittinger, Melissa Mars, Anthony Gomez and Roxanne Taylor on the 2012-13 substitute teacher list.

•Approved the 2013-14 district calendar.

(Email: lhudson@ncnewsonline.com.)

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