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  • Final preparations under way for mobile computer lab

  • After almost one year of planning, the W.E.E. Learning Bus is getting ready to make its maiden voyage.

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  • After almost one year of planning, the W.E.E. Learning Bus is getting ready to make its maiden voyage.
    “We are getting ready to advertise for one or two people to be the facilitator/driver of the bus,” said Superintendent Paul Kinder at Monday’s Blue Springs Board of Education meeting. “We are looking for maybe a retired educator with some technology background, so that they can support the bus and technology when we roll it out.”
    The Women Endowing Education Group provided the Blue Springs School District with a multi-year grant to create the W.E.E. Learning Bus late last year. The first of its kind in Missouri, the 76-passenger bus will be a mobile computer lab, rolling into Blue Springs neighborhoods four nights a week. The grant includes $25,000 as seed money, but the entire project will ultimately cost about $250,000.
    Twenty computer stations will be onboard the rolling bus. During the day, it can be used by one of the district’s schools as an additional technology center. It can also help adults access GED classes or assistance with job applications. At night, the bus can be used in the neighborhoods for students to work on homework, research or even ACT preparation. The bus will be staffed with volunteers from W.E.E., the Mid-Continent Public Library, the HOME Team and others while the bus is mobile.
    For more information on the W.E.E. Learning Bus, contact Katherine Barton at kbarton@bssd.net or call 816-224-1300.
     

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