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School Board puts to rest rumor of eliminating computer classes

A recent rumor in the community has been put to rest -- information technology education for students is still as important as ever to the Fredonia Central School District.

At Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, it was learned that no computer classes will be eliminated, as had been rumored. In fact, the administration also would like to see other computer learning opportunities offered in the school as credit requirements toward high school graduation.

Presently, high school students take an "Introduction to Computers" class which satisfies a .5 technology credit needed to graduate. District Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said he would like to see the option of other computer/technology educational opportunities currently at the school satisfy that same technology credit, not just the one beginner's course.

Many students might need the introduction course, but others might wish to opt for a more advanced computer course at the school that would count toward technology course credit. He feels there should be choices.

A presentation by Joseph Reyda, the district's professional development administrator, showed that all subject areas in the school are infused with computer technology, including the basic subject areas of English, math, social studies and science.

DiFonzo added that he always wants teachers to incorporate technology into their classes. All courses, Reyda said, are currently "tech rich."

DiFonzo said he will meet with the district's technology teaching staff to discuss the issue further, then report back to the board.

The board meets again at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 636 in the high school.

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