WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The library at Chariho High school is a place where students can work and study to help further their education. However, on Thursday night, October 6, it was a place where their parents could educate themselves on the issues that affect their children in school.
Chariho Regional School District Supt. Barry Ricci invited all parents, teachers, students and anyone else with interest in the school system to join him for an open forum on that night.
While the library was not overcrowded with people waiting to speak with Ricci, the small group of teachers and parents that did attend brought a variety of different topics and discussions with them. Ricci said that while he hoped to see more people there, the quality of dialogue was more important than the quantity of attendees.
“If the people that came found it successful,” he said, “then it was worth the time.”
The forum began with Ricci showing a tech-savvy side of him that may make him more appealing to a younger crowd. He passed out small strips of paper that read, “Follow me on Twitter! @CharihoRegional.”
Ricci said that his new venture into the world of social media is just an extra way to connect with those involved in the school system. He said that he tweets once per day, providing followers with a daily look into the superintendents work.
“If there is a snow day, you could find out by following me on Twitter,” he said. “It will be up there before it is on the radio.”
The theme of technology was carried over into some of the parents’ questions. One mother, who said that she came to ask just one question, inquired to Ricci about whether the school system would look into standardizing technology in every classroom across the district. She said that she has two children in the district, and they have different technology in their respective classrooms.
Some in-classroom technology includes up-to-date projectors and smart-boards, which are a technology-fuled upgrade over standard black or white boards.
“Our goal is to make all of our classrooms technology rich,” the superintendent replied, “but we can’t do it all at once. It’s a plan we have to phase in.”
In addition to bringing all classrooms up to the same technological standard, Ricci recently announced the district’s i-Geometry program, which will have students using i-Pads to help solve geometry problems. Ricci said this will be a way to incorporate technology and a hands on approach to the rectification of struggling math scores
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