Monday's Knoxville School Board meeting included a demonstration of what Northstar Elementary's newest technology, Smart Boards, are capable of. 

With the assistance of student Ashley Chavez, Northstar teachers Kyle Kincaid and Johnna Kincaid demonstrated for board members how the technology can be used. Notes can be written on the Smart Board, as well as pictures and games to convey a lesson. Teachers can also use the Smart Boards when testing, with results and scores almost being made available instantaneously. 

"We're still trying to find ways to use them," Northstar Principal John Keitges said. The Smart Boards have only been in Northstar classrooms for a few weeks. "There's millions of uses for it." 

In other board action, retirement incentives were approved for 12 staff members. The board had originally limited the incentive to 10, but were willing to accept the 12 retirements. If more are received, they will be presented to the board. 

The retirement incentives were offered to help the board cut expenses. Business Manager Craig Mobley has indicated that the district should cut $850,000 over the next two years to keep expenses in line with revenue. 

For a full report on Monday's school board meeting, pick up a copy of the Jan. 27 Journal-Express. 

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