Sept. 28, 2015 Staff Report
Several classrooms at IS 125 were equipped with Smart Boards this summer, stemming from council funding allocated by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
The school, located at 46-02 47th Avenue, received 22 Smart Boards—costing about $6,500 a piece—that provide students with the ability to maneuver words by touch—much like scrolling with a mouse.
“While it sounds expensive, the truth is it is an investment in our children’s future,” Van Bramer said.
IS 125 is the first school in Van Bramer’s district to receive smart boards. Smart Boards or laptops will be coming to other schools in the district shortly, although the details were not available at press time.
“Since we have Smart Boards, everyone wants to get up and start moving stuff around,” said Muskan Sehjal, a student at IS 125, who was providing a demonstration of a Smart Board at her school on Friday.
Van Bramer said that he has allocated $1.3 million toward schools in the district this year and about $6 million in the nearly six years he has been in office.