Sixth graders at North Winneshiek test Superintendent Tim Dugger's lung capacity.
Sixth graders at North Winneshiek test Superintendent Tim Dugger's lung capacity.

When it comes to science and technology, students at North Winneshiek are ahead of the curve.

According to Dick Dovenberg, District technology coordinator, children at North Winneshiek have had access to their own laptops at school for the past seven years. A K-8 facility, North Winneshiek is located in a rural area north of Decorah and has an enrollment of 162 students.

"The decision was made in the 2005-2006 school year to purchase the laptops. We received them in the spring of 2006 and deployed them right away, so kids could get used to having them during the last quarter," said Dovenberg.

"Then in 2006-2007, every fifth through eighth grader was allowed to take them home."

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Public Opinion.