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Schools the topic at district-wide roundtable

Durant hosts officials from all over region

Rep. Peter Durant, left, took notes while his colleague, Rep. Kevin Kuros, of Uxbridge, listened to school officials’ issues on a number of topics. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
September 06, 2011
CHARLTON — Rep. Peter Durant held a district-wide roundtable meeting regarding public education in the towns he covers, on Thursday, Sept. 1.

School representatives from Southbridge, Oxford, Dudley Charlton and Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School Districts — including superintendents, school committee members, principals and teachers — attended the meeting along with State Rep. Kevin Kuros, of Uxbridge. Mitchell Chester, commissioner of the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, also made an appearance.

"This is just an opportunity for us to talk about what's working and maybe what's not working," Durant said at the beginning of the meeting.

The first topic discussed was technology in the classroom. School representatives said that since they don't have funding that directly supports technology, they have to draw on funds to try to keep technology in the classroom up-to-date. Still, they said they can't keep up.

William Trifone, Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Finance Director, said that their school system is trying to work how to get their 4,000 students access to the 1,300 computers they have.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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