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Kidwell, Bradford Elementary schools

by Dolores Hamilton
During the planning process to decide which projects to include in a bond package, school trustees were told by principals of the two elementary schools that, with a few upgrades, their campuses would be in good shape. Following the last bond election, new wings were added at each of the elementary schools.
The following projects are proposed for those campuses:

Security camera system
Classroom security locks
New gym corridor
Acoustical replacement in gym
Paint gym
Lighting in gym

Security camera system
Classroom security locks
HVAC front entry/corridor
Electrical service upgrade
Acoustical replacement in gym
Paint gym
Lighting in gym


• Wireless Infrastructure
Technology and security upgrades are proposed for all four campuses.
Each campus will be given wireless internet access and infrastructure for distance learning and virtual field trips. “This will give classroom teachers and students access to videos and interactive programs from around the world,” said Assistant Superintendent Steve Moody. “Students will participate in virtual field trips available through the Region IX Service Center including Discovery Education and Animal Planet,” he added. Lessons are aligned with the state adopted curriculum.
In addition, the upgrade would facilitate more opportunities for dual credit access at the high school.
Debbie Brandt, principal at Kidwell Elementary, listed benefits the update in technology would provide for the elementary students. “Wireless internet opens up a world of possibilities for our children,” she said. “They are able to use tablet devices such as the iPad with educational apps in small groups or individually. They are able to do their accelerated reading testing in their classroom at any time.
“It give teachers and aides the ability to work with small groups anywhere in the building and have access to technology,” Brandt added. “It gives us distance learning capability including virtual field trips.”
Some examples of virtual field trips are: joining a Texas Independence Day celebration and learning Texas songs and dances; trips to various zoos around the nation and world; exploring careers; NASA; exploring various areas in science at science centers and museums around the nation, and many more. “It literally opens up the world to our students,” Brandt said.

• Security
“We are fortunate in Iowa Park that we have not had to deal with any serious security issues in our schools,” Moody said. “The district is taking a proactive approach to ensure that all students are in a safe environment at school.”
Security cameras will be placed at each campus and will be monitored using the school computer system. Classroom security locks will allow teachers to sufficiently secure students in each classroom.