Teachers in Technology Bootcamp this week
Northfield teachers spent this week at Northfield High School learning about their new iPads, which they’ll use in classroom instruction this Fall. The iPads are part of the district’s Transformational Technology plan. In June the Northfield School Board approved a plan to lease iPads for teachers this year with the idea of leasing iPads for all students in the 2013-14 school year. The district will lease the iPads for three years at about $41,000 per year. There will be additional costs for purchasing software and for protective covers for the iPads. Approximately 100 teachers are taking part in the Technology Bootcamp.
Council talks with website consultants, EDA meets in the AM
Because this week was the 5th Tuesday of the month, the city council has no regular meeting scheduled. They will be holding a special work session today from 4 to 5pm so that council members can meet with the consultant team designing the new city website. This meeting will not be broadcast. The EDA will meet for a quick special session tomorrow morning at 7:30. They’re being asked to approve a microgrant to the owners of the Eclectic Goat. Shona Brooks and Suzanne Klumb have asked for $5,000 to help them move across the street to 413 Division so they can expand and include beads. That meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Synthetic drug law will affect tobacco shops
A slate of new laws have just gone into effect. The Synthetic drug law was pushed heavily by law enforcement. Public Safety Director Mark Taylor says this is really playing catch up to the drugs out there. Rice County Attorney, Paul Beaumaster says this law gives authority to the Board of Pharmacy to get these substances on the controlled list quickly. Synthetic drug makers change the chemical make-up of their concoctions quickly to thwart drug laws. This law allows for a speedy response especially for inland states. Most of these drugs start on the coasts and move inward. Crime labs across the country share information regarding any new compounds they find. Healthcare professionals have a hard time trreating overdoses because they don’t know what chemical is creating the reaction. This year, lawmakers added 250 more chemical mixtures to the illegal list and upped the penalty for selling them to a felony, which could bring up to five years in prison. This law makes it illegal for tobacco shops to sell these drugs.
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