West Springfield teachers receive Chromebooks of the first day of school


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 400 teachers at West Springfield schools received their own Chromebook on the first day of school on Wednesday.

A Chromebook is a quick-starting laptop computer. 

At Memorial Elementary School, teachers looked forward to their Chromebook improving their performance as educators.

“I’ll be able to have more communication with students using e-mail and other means of sharing electronic documents,” said Laura Sarkis, a teacher in West Springfield.

“They can share with me on the computers. I can look at them any time, even at home or the weekends and during the day,” said Kimberly Heroux-Slacheta, a teacher in West Springfield.

A Chromebook for every teacher is something West Springfield Superintendent Michael Richard has been planning for, and now that day came at the start of the school year.

“It’s been a vision for the West Springfield public schools for quite some time to make sure we outfit out students and our faculty with the best technology possible,” said Richard.

As Memorial School Principal Donna Calabrese welcomed her kindergarten through fifth grade students for the start of the school year. She told 22News what the gift of the Chromebooks means to her school.

“It means the world to us. We have the ability now to take these devices to any room in the building,” said Calabrese.

The school committee approved the $200,000 needed to provide a Chromebook to each teacher in the system.

Richard called that a very good investment for the future.

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