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Bridgeport Schools First in Belmont County to Issue iPads to All Students

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BRIDGEPORT, Ohio - Bridgeport Schools will be the first district in Belmont County to put an iPad in the hands of every high school student. Officials say it will start in the coming school year, and will involve some expense and some preparation.

Kids trudging home with a 30-pound backpack full of books is about to become a thing of the past. Student Brianna Massey said," Especially as an athlete, you have a big bag full of sportswear and then you have all your books, so I think it will be a lot easier just to have one thing with everything on it."

School officials say the school complex was built with technology in mind, and this was just another step in the process. Bridgeport High School Principal Rob Zitzelberger said, "We don't have a blackboard in the school. We put Smart Boards in every room."

Each student will be expected to buy or rent their own iPad, at a cost of a little over $400. Those who can't afford one can pick one up in the morning, and hand it back in at the end of the day. Homework will be, for the most part, on the iPad. "Well, we'll still have to provide those students who don't rent it some pencil and paper things, but in the districts we've looked at who have done this, approximately 95 percent of the students have either rented or bought," said Superintendent Ted Downing.

Students will be able to do their homework at home and send it electronically to the teacher. School officials said that in college, many things are done on the internet, and the iPads will only help prepare students. They also said using the iPads will eliminate the expense of replacing costly textbooks, which must be changed constantly due to the state changing curriculum.

Students can pay the iPads off in five installments. All information has been sent home with students, who will need to decide by May 12.