Columbia County school board approves replacing projectors with interactive whiteboards

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The Columbia County school board on Tuesday approved a proposal to start replacing LCD projectors in classrooms with interactive whiteboards.

Interactive whiteboards, such as the Promethean boards used in some classrooms, project a computer screen onto a whiteboard. Teachers can manipulate the images from the whiteboard, and incorporate audio and video into lesson plans.

The interactive whiteboards cost about $1,800 each, which is twice the cost of LCD projectors, Superintendent Charles Nagle told the board.

Nagle said the whiteboards would be introduced to classrooms on an incremental basis or as LCD projectors break down.

Depending on available funding, Nagle said the whiteboards could be added to two or three classrooms each year.

Also at the meeting, the board entertained a proposal to build an arts and science center at the Bel Air Elementary School site.

The group wishing to build the center said they would like to build the facility on a 5-acre site in the northeast corner of the 16-acre property.

Nagle said there are “tremendous legal questions to ask … before we travel further down that road.”

The board has said they intend to sell the school property on North Belair Road after the school closes.


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