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School District's State of the District Report

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Cedar Rapids School officials and city leaders gathered early this morning to talk about the Cedar Rapids community school districts' ongoing plans and future goals.

It's called the "State of the District report and it highlights the many learning initiatives they have to offer.

Making sure that learning is fun and innovative is part of what this "state of the district" gathering is about.

"Technology is coming around and it's changing our business so that education can take place 7 24 365, Dr. David Benson, superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District.

Thats why the district is now using programs like Microsoft 365 allowing students increased access to Microsoft office at school and home.

There's also the canvas program giving students and teachers the opportunity to interact online.

It's a move some students say they appreciate.

It's just exciting seeing all these different programs in the district that I didn't even know about like integrating technology, said Kennedy High School student Laura Fisher.

"It's really kind of exciting to see how everything is getting better in our community. We're actually going forward with technology and not trying to be old school, said Jefferson High School student Brenna Parke.

And the district is working to recognize achievement.

This fall they sent out post cards featuring outstanding students like Aleena.

"I thought it was interesting to be able to be like a model for a school district and represent it well, said Aleena Hobbs, from Washington High School.

The goal, keep that momentum going.

"We're a model for public schools succeeding over private schools in the area, said Zach Weston of Washington High School.

School officials also add, certified enrollment is up more than 200 students compared to last year.
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