Loyalsock Township schools purchase science equipment

To partner with its iPad initiative in it’s high school, the Loyalsock Township School Board approved the purchase of 36 devices that will enhance content being learned in science classes.

Mark Peterman, high school physics teacher, said the devices made by Vernier Software and Technology that the board approved for $11,993 will allow students to connect equipment already used in science classes with their iPads.

The Vernier device allows students to collect and graph data from experiments and activities in class.

Once the data is collected, students then will be able to sync it to their iPads using a mobile application and take the information with them for use outside of the classroom.

Peterman said several students or the entire class all can sync to the same device, if working in groups or during a class demonstration.

“This will work with any students iPad as long as they have the app,” Peterman said.

And although technology always is changing, Gerald McLaughlin, business manager, explained that when the district can, it will look to grant opportunities to fund future requests.

In other business, the board voted 6-0 to approve the salary of Robert Grantier, superintendent, for $131,994 for the 2013-14 school year.

The board also approved Laura Heller as a high school biology teacher, effective Sept. 16, at a salary of $41,910.