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Blackduck School Board explores options for technology

Blackduck School Board members Chris Henriksen, left, and Bob Klug Jr. go over the agenda before Tuesday night’s meeting. Photo by Jillian Gandsey.

The Blackduck School District is eager to begin the next step in its technology boost, and it is eager to do it without any complications along the way.

"We want to learn from the mistakes other people have made and find out what they did and what worked and what didn't work," Blackduck School Principal Randy Hanson said.

Many details still need to be sorted through.

So far, all that is set in stone is two classes will receive laptops for one-on-one use beginning next semester. One class will be in the elementary school and one will be in the high school.

"They're going to do that as a pilot to see how this all would work for us," Hanson said.

Before the computers are brought into those classes, the school needs to decide whether they will lease or purchase them. Another factor that will need to be discussed is what kind of insurance to apply.

Bruce Clubb, Class of 1949, who will sponsor the technology upgrade with funds from his family trust, also suggested looking into a school in North Carolina to base Blackduck's enhancements.

The earliest that members of the Blackduck School Board would be able to tour that school would be the spring of 2014.

Members were skeptical on that being a little far down the line and are hopeful to find more advanced schools within Minn. "We have some homework to do," Wallace Schoeb Superintendent of the Blackduck School District said.

Another improvement that the Blackduck School is in the beginning process of is increasing the quality of its internet connection, which will be necessary to support all of its improvements.

"It's all going to come together, but it's how to do it the right way." Hanson said.

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at 

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