Spirit of the Pioneer

BHS Student Newspaper 2008-09

BHS’s Makeover to Continue with Technology

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

Halli Raye Taylor
Batesville High School has gone a while without any major renovations, but that change began with the dawn of the 08-09 school year.

Some of the first changes included new bleachers in the gym.

“The old bleachers were in poor repair,” replied Mr. Campbell.


Changes continue as planning has already begun for the 2009-10 school year. Due in part to BSD support and stimulus funding, six teachers will have a class set of mini laptops when students return in the fall. Those teachers include Ann Ballard, Tammy Gillmore, Lisa Huff, Jeanne Roepcke, Peggy Wells, and Lindley Weygandt.

Receiving these computers involved a competitive application process open to all teachers within the Batesville District.

These teachers will receive five days of training this summer with the Fort Smith School District who have a similar program underway. These two schools will work to form collaborative projects for the 09-10 academic year.

Another change being planned is a renovation of the library into a modern media center.

Teacher Lisa Huff is also currently working to form professional learning networks. This year she worked with one team at the high school. Team members included teachers Bruce Qualls, Stacey Russell, Paula Summers, and Lindley Weygandt, administrator David Campbell, and school board member Paul Hance.

Through another competitive application process, three more teams have been selected for this three-year professional development endeavor. Next year’s teams include one at Sulphur Rock Elementary, the junior high, and another team at the high school.

The new high school team members include teachers Ann Ballard, Tammy Gillmore, Carla James, Kathy Walter, Peggy Wells, and administrator Brent Bogy.

“I am very excited about the technological changes coming our way. I enjoy using tech tools in my classroom, and this will make that so much easier. Students also enjoy that hands-on use of technology. It’s going to be a busy summer planning for these changes,” commented Mrs. Gillmore.


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