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Lamar County School district uses new technology

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LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - With the new school year in full swing, the Lamar County School Board and School Administrators are communicating with each other without being in the same room.

The Lamar County School District consists of 15 campuses, spread out by nearly 40 miles from the southern to northern tip.

With the help of a new system called teleprescence, communication between the school board and school administrators is much more convenient.

"Teleprescence is a video conference that gives the experience of a live face-to-face meeting."

Lamar County Schools Director of Technology June Songy said Lamar County is one of the first school districts in the U.S. to use this nearly $500,000 voice-activated system, which is different from any other technology they have used before.

"You have direct eye contact, and it gives more of a collegial, collaborative feel to the meeting."

Superintendent Ben Burnett said after Cisco Systems donated this high-tech equipment last spring, it was installed at five different locations throughout the county. Burnett said with the new school year in full swing they are already reeping the benefits.

"Rather than our Principals, Teachers and Administrators wasting time and money coming to one central place, we can have a meeting where they stay on their campus and they are there if a problem should arise, then they are immediately back in their office rather than having to take thirty minutes to drive back."

Burnett said eventually this system will allow Lamar County to collaborate with different School Districts and Institutions across the globe.

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