The Independent, Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Computer lab adds classes in Spanish

CLERMONT-Thursday evening computer classes at the Clermont Academy have been expanded to include Spanish-language instruction. The computer lab is currently open from 5 until 7 p.m., with classes conducted from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.

Classes are taught by Bram Moreinis, the town's webmaster, and Benjamin Kudria, a member of the Tech Scouts. Tech Scouts are a group of computer-savvy students from Taconic Hills and Germantown schools.

Students at the Academy are receiving training in computer literacy and e-mail, with instruction geared toward using computers to conduct town business and farm management.

Several town officials have participated, according to Mr. Moreinis.. Ann Poleschner, the town historian, has learned how to digitize photographs for a web album; Supervisor Bill Banks, how to use e-mail and search the web. Town Councilman Ray Tousey has computerized some aspects of his farming operation, and he is using the Internet for town business.

One Spanish-speaking student, Arely Fernandez, is learning English as she learns computer use, Mr. Moreinis said, while another, Anna Ruiz, is using the opportunity to maintain contact with her family in Costa Rica and to browse the Internet.

The class schedule may be revised for summer hours as of July 1. For more information contact Mr. Moreinis at 537-3448 or e-mail bram@valstar.net.

-Richard Roth