Aimed at putting a mobile learning device in the hands of all students, the Southwestern technology committee reported Monday that it is pursuing a grant that would facilitate the new initiative.

The technology committee gave an update to the school board about grant funding and projected goals for a possible switch to one-to-one teaching. One-to-one teaching uses tools such as laptops, tablets or iPads for students and teachers.

On Oct. 31, the school received a technology innovation planning grant from the Indiana Department of Education. The grant will allow the school to begin its pursuit for a technology overhaul.

The school was one of 20 to receive the grant of the 103 that applied. The grant is for $30,000 and is to be used to plan the school's technology push - or pursuit for future funding opportunities.

"What we want to do with it is develop a plan that will allow us to write the big one-to-one grant," said technology committee member Ange Northern.

As part of the plan for the grant, the school will focus on logistics management, parent and community involvement and teacher and professional development.

"That's what this $30,000 will do for us. It will give us time and information," Northern said.

Also at the meeting:

• The board gave approval for Gleaners Food Bank to open a food pantry in the high school for needy families. Gleaners will contribute $1,000 per month for food and Southwestern will operate the pantry.  

• The school will hold orientation for upcoming ninth-graders at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the high school.

• The next school board meeting will be Dec. 10 at 5 p.m., an hour earlier than the regularly scheduled meeting.

• The elementary school will hold its Grandparents Day on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.