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Opp Elementary steps up education game with new equipment

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Opp, AL (WSFA) -

Opp Elementary School children are in for a treat when they return to school one week from Tuesday. It weighs 50 pounds, is 70 inches wide and is hard to miss in the classroom.

"We didn't upgrade much there," Macie Taylor recalled while teaching at the old Opp Elementary School.

Taylor is a 21-year veteran in the classroom and remembers all too well the black chalk board. That paved the way for the dry erase boards. Later, the overhead projector and now the Promethean, a 70-inch flat screen television, the latest and, some believe, the greatest teaching tool in the classroom today.

"I'm very excited about it. It's state of the art technology for our school system," said Taylor.

It's designed to encourage more interaction with students. Tuesday, teachers like Taylor spent all day getting trained on the new gadget.

"It's actually going to help them deliver instructions on a daily basis," said Opp Elementary School Principal Shawn Short.

The panel weighs around 50 pounds and is easily adjustable to make it easier for the little ones to reach. City school leaders outfitted the entire school with 35 TVs at a cost of $250,000. Short makes no apologies for the cost for several reasons. The main one is the Promethean has a predicted life span of 20 years whereas the ceiling projector is becoming obsolete after only 10 years, installed when the school was built.

"This is taking our students to the next step," he said.

While Macie Taylor's 'homework' assignment this week is to polish up on her skills on the Promethean, she takes comfort in knowing that on day one, she and her students will be in the same boat;  learning something new together for the first time.

Short says federal money paid for the flat-screened TVs. There are plans to equip the middle and high schools with the Promethean in the near-future.

School starts one week from Tuesday in Covington County.

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