Rock Hill schools to host iRock information meetings

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 27, 2013 

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    Tuesday – 5 p.m., Castle Heights Middle School, 2382 Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill

    Thursday – 5 p.m., Dutchman Creek Middle School, 4757 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill

The Rock Hill school district will host two information meetings this week to explain the iRock technology initiative to parents and other interested people.

“This is geared to parents who, for whatever reason, may not have heard of iRock or may not know the scope of it,” said Christopher Smith, the district’s director of staff development.

Beginning this school year, the iRock initiative will provide an iPad to every fourth- through eighth-grade student to use in the classroom and at home. The school district will spend about $9 million over the next two years to implement the program.

Smith and Luanne Kokolis, associate superintendent for planning and program support, will lead the sessions.

Information that will be discussed at these sessions is available at the district’s website – – but if anyone doesn’t understand the program, doesn’t have Internet access or has questions, Smith said, this meeting might help.

“We would love to have everybody (come) because it’s just an opportunity to have some dialogue,” Smith said.

While the meeting is geared toward parents whose children will be participating in the iRock program, Smith said, everyone is welcome. The Boys and Girls Clubs of York County, for example, is sending a representative to learn more about the program.

People who go to the meetings will not learn how to use the devices, Smith said. Student iPads will not be distributed and fees related to their use will not be collected.

Those sessions will be scheduled at each participating school in the weeks before classes begin Aug. 21 and are mandatory for parents or guardians. Those meeting dates should be announced in the next few days.

Want to go?

Informational meetings about iRock, the Rock Hill school district’s student iPad initiative, are scheduled for:

Rachel Southmayd 803-329-4072

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