Friday, March 25, 2016

President Hollowell Announces 1:1 Chromebook Initiative

At our Board meeting this past Monday, a tuition structure was unanimously approved that makes allowance for an expenditure of funds to provide the necessary equipment (1,200 Chromebooks) and infrastructure to move to a 1-to-1 instructional environment next year.

This decision was made after extensive discussion, experimentation, analysis, observations, and research over the past several years. The rationale driving this decision is that we believe the effective usage of these tools will improve the teaching of our faculty and the learning of our students. It's that simple.

The board has done an exceptional job of serving as stewards of our collective investment in Roncalli. Affordability is always front and center in our discussions regarding our budget and this year was no different. For two consecutive years our tuition has increased by 2.0% per year. That compares remarkably well to an average tuition increase of 4.57% at all of the other Catholic high schools in Marion county last year alone. We are able to absorb the cost of the computers and infrastructure by adopting a 4% increase in tuition for the 2016-17 school year.

The details of this transition will be communicated in a timely fashion so that students and teachers are well prepared to begin the 2016-17 school year. You can expect further details regarding the implementation of this program near the end of April.

I am sure we have lots to learn and that there will be a rough spot or two as we continue to grow in our understanding of how to best use these tools. But I am equally convinced that we will make this work well for our students and our families.