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LIMA — Pupils in 12 area school districts could have laptop computers and other devices in their hands if the state awards the districts a joint grant.

The 12 districts applied for Straight A grant funds, a $250 million grant program that rewards creative ideas to help pupil achievement, reduce spending, or put an impressive share of resources into classrooms.

The grant proposal, which represents districts from four area counties, also hopes to establish a way for teachers in all schools to share ideas and experiences. The schools submitted the grant proposal Friday and should hear if they received a grant in January.

School districts in the proposal include Apollo Career Center, Bath Local, Bluffton Exempted Village, Elida Local, Lima City, Perry Local, Shawnee Local, Spencerville Local, Wapakoneta City, Ada Exempted Village, Hardin Northern Local, and Columbus Grove Local. Those districts are in Allen, Putnam, Hardin and Auglaize counties.

“I can think of no better investment for our four-county area than improving the expertise of our greatest resource, our teachers, and providing them technology tools and infrastructure to support it, nurture it and move us forward into the future,” Apollo Superintendent Judy Wells said.

Each district would decide which kinds of devices to purchase and who would get them. The project supports blended learning and flipped classrooms, meaning teachers could send lectures home with pupils, leaving classroom time for more instruction.

Apollo plans to introduce a one-to-one ratio for iPads for all pupils and staff for academics and career technical programs.

Lima City Schools plans to purchase laptop computers for pupils and teachers at South Science Technology Magnet School.

“Getting technology into the hands of students is always a positive,” Lima Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “And giving teachers a database to share information and learn from each other is something we look forward to. It will make for better teachers and help all of the districts continue to educate students at the highest level.”

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