Caro Community Schools’ $1.5 million technology upgrade nearly complete

Mike Wiederhold (left), technology director, Caro Community Schools, listens as teacher Kathy Gierman (right) and Caro High School student Lucas Campeau talk about the benefits of using a Chromebook computer for research. The district has purchased 1,600 Chromebooks. (Photo by John Cook)
Mike Wiederhold (left), technology director, Caro Community Schools, listens as teacher Kathy Gierman (right) and Caro High School student Lucas Campeau talk about the benefits of using a Chromebook computer for research. The district has purchased 1,600 Chromebooks. (Photo by John Cook)

Lucas Campeau, a junior at Caro High School, recently spent an hour of independent study working on the economics behind opening a McDonald’s restaurant franchise.
The technology he used — from his computer to the lightning speed Wi-Fi network at Caro High — made it easy to quickly find the information he sought, right down to the company’s stock price in real-time.
It’s the kind of thing students at Caro Community Schools are getting used to these days, where a $1.5 million technology upgrade is in its final stages.
Staff and students like Campeau are “lovin’ it.”
“Not every school system has something like this, and when you go to college you’re going to use laptops a lot more,” Campeau said. “This gets us ready for that experience, and the real world.”
Campeau and all students at Caro Community Schools stand to benefit from a $12.5 million bond approved by district voters in February 2015.
From a new auditorium and new drinking fountains to upgrades at playgrounds and athletic amenities, the bond is supporting myriad updates.
But technology was identified as the most pressing need, accounting for about $1.5 million of the $12.5 million. It was the first thing district officials addressed, and about $1 million has been spent already.
Students like Campeau quickly have seen change. (Read more)

(This story originally appeared in the Jan. 22, 2017 print edition of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be  read online in its entirety here.)

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