Lifeguards to begin duty on city beaches this weekend
In a sign that summer really is here, lifeguards will be on duty at eight of the city’s busiest Park Board beaches this weekend through the end of August.
Lifeguards will be on East Cedar, Lake Calhoun Thomas, Lake Harriet North, Lake Nokomis Main and Theodore Wirth Lake every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be at Cedar Point, Lake Calhoun 32nd and Lake Nokomis 50th beaches at those times Thursday to Sunday.
On days when the temperature is 85 degrees or warmer at 6 p.m., lifeguard hours will be extended one hour.
Cedar South, Lake Calhoun North, Lake Harriet Southeast and Lake Hiawatha do not have lifeguards.
All beaches are open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Suzanne Ziegler @stribziegler
School board to buy iPads, Chromebooks for students
The Belle Plaine school board has approved a $1 million plan to purchase iPads for all students next year.
The devices will be leased for four years, allowing the district to pay for them over time. The district hasn’t yet decided when it will issue them to students, but it will be during the 2014-15 school year. The district also purchased Chromebooks this spring for use at schools. A Chromebook is a stripped-down laptop computer.
In addition, the board approved building a new fiber-optic link between the current Scott County fiber line that runs along Hwy. 169 and Oak Crest Elementary. Creating that link, splicing into the existing line and connecting several buildings’ fiber lines will cost about $57,000.
Erin adler @erinstrib