At the North Putnam School Board regular meeting, Roachdale Elementary School Principal Helen Blumbaum reported the school is in the process of buying equipment with a PATIN grant which was initially received in September of 2005.
The grant is designed to purchase multisensory learning equipment for schools who have high number of special education students.
By fall, teachers should be trained to use the equipment they hope will increase the ISTEP scores of mildly disabled students, who are required by the state to take the test.
We have received some of the equipment and have been ordering more and doing training," Blumbaum
said."We will start to use it in classes in August."
Through the grant, the school can purchase $20,000-$30,000 worth of materials including electronic blackboards for the classroom as well as smaller, individual computers, which can read students their material aloud as they follow along in their text books.
And once the school has the technology, Blumbaum
pointed out, there is no reason it can't be used for the rest of the students as well.
"(Multisensory learning) is not just the way a lot of special education kids learn but the way a lot of kids learn," she