Technology, Field Updated In Pine

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The last year brought technology changes inside the classrooms and on the ball field of Pine-Strawberry Elementary.

The school that serves approximately 125 students from kindergarten through eighth grade has a softball field with artificial turf rather than dirt; and inside the school, technology has been upgraded to the benefit of staff and teachers.

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Michael Clark, principal and superintendent

"The generosity of the community" was a key factor in most of the projects said principal and superintendent Michael Clark.

The west softball field now has artificial grass in the outfield and an upgraded infield.

The money for the project came in part from Credit for Kids, but the contractor, Ken Schneider of North Country Sales, cut the cost nearly in half so the ball field wound up costing the small school $80,000.

Credit for Kids dollars also paid for a security fence around the district vehicle parking lot and the repair and addition of chain link fencing around school playgrounds.

Students and faculty can also take pride in the new marquee at the school's entrance.

Inside the school, technology ruled the year from classrooms to office to cafeteria.

P-S School entered into an agreement with the Educational Technology Consortium located at Northern Arizona University to provide new e-mail access, the development of a school Web site www.pineesd.org.

All classrooms now have Internet access.

All school employees also have a school e-mail address. They may be reached at: first initial last name (no spaces)@pineesd.org.

A new telephone system with voicemail and telephones has just been installed in each classroom.

A monetary donation received from the Northern Gila County Fair group donated money that allowed the school to purchase an emergency telephone and e-mail notification service.

"(The system) includes the ability to instantly and simultaneously notify all stakeholders of upcoming events or other things going on at school," Clark said.

A new, state-of-the-art computer system and cafeteria management software program controls school breakfasts and lunches.

"The program allows the cafeteria manager to accurately track and maintain all transactions and provides instant access to the many reports she must provide to state and federal agencies," Clark said.

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