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Martinsville Bulletin: School board closes out fiscal year in Henry County

Martinsville Bulletin: School board closes out fiscal year in Henry County

June 24, 2016

By AMIE PICKERAL

Henry County Public Schools hopes to help students keep their reading skills sharp outside of school.

According to Superintendent Jared Cotton, who addressed the Henry County School Board at its Thursday morning meeting, some students in Henry County schools aren’t reading outside of class. To address the situation, he proposed purchasing a digital library called myON.

The purchase would help both students and teachers access high-interest books in full color on electronic devices like iPads and laptops. One unique feature about the digital library is that students may choose to have a book read to them.

“We find that outside of school, some kids aren’t reading at all,” Cotton said. “We feel very strongly that this is important.”

The board approved Cotton’s proposal with one qualification. The district has to wait until the year-end funds are totaled up. If there’s no change, then the district can move ahead with the first option, a digital library for all elementary and middle school students, at a cost of $50,036.

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