Scott Cavanagh
Freelance Writing, Editing and Photography

Column reprinted from The Grove City Record
September 16, 1991

The recent sale of mini-bonds by the school district to try and raise money for computer equipment appears to be the right move at the right time.

As the nation moves deeper into the computer age, the South-Western district cannot afford to let its students fall behind others in the competitive arena of modern technology.

If the mini-bond sale is successful, the computers will be placed in the middle schools first, with elementary and high schools receiving their equipment soon after.

"Our plan is remedial in nature," Assistant Superintendent Sherrie Lahr said. "Our immediate interests are to start from the bottom up to try and get the students up to par nationally."

Lahr went on to explain that the district will attempt to provide students with a consistent, gradual introduction to computers - why they are beneficial and how they operate.

"Our aim is to see each student on the computer at least 15 minutes each school day."

The district is hopeful that the mini-bond sale will allow them to have the computers in place this school year. According to Lahr, the middle-school machines could be in place by December.

Although computer equipment may still seem like an expensive frill to many observers, it is truly a necessity for today’s students. As more and more businesses and colleges become computerized, students who fail to get proper training early will surely fall behind in an ever-changing world.

"We must target our younger children," Lahr said. "Our longer range plans are to integrate the computers into the overall education process."

The goal of the district is to provide a ratio of ten students to every one computer on the elementary level and five-to-one on the high school level by the mid-1990’s. If those numbers can be reached, local students will stand a much better chance of succeeding in a technology-based job market.

While all of the lofty goals of the mini-bond sale may be hard to achieve, one thing is certain - even limited exposure to computers at an early age for students who otherwise would have none is a step in the right direction. At the rate new technology is moving today, a kid who falls behind may be very hard-pressed to catch up.

Scott Cavanagh is Editor of The Grove City Record.

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