A quarter-million dollar gift from Hoodoo Ski Area owner Chuck Shepard will allow Bend-La Pine Schools to expand its digital conversion program.
The gift came through the sale of stock and totaled nearly $262,000. The money will allow the district to expand its digital conversion pilot to Lava Ridge Elementary and Buckingham Elementary. The pilot is aimed at determining the benefit of giving students their own iPads for use during and after school.
“It is a rather incredible donation,” said Superintendent Ron Wilkinson at the district’s board meeting Tuesday afternoon. “This gives us a cross-section of schools and good feedback so we can decide how to move forward or not to.”
The other schools that will host pilot programs are High Lakes Elementary, Juniper Elementary, Rosland Elementary, Summit High School and Mountain View High School. In the elementary schools, only students in grades three through five will be given iPads. All of the students at Summit High School will receive the devices, while Mountain View High School proposed a pilot involving only its ninth-grade class.