The Washington School District has partnered with the Bank of Washington to offer educational technology financing as part of the district’s iBelieve Initiative.

The offer allows students to finance portable learning devices, including laptops and tablets, at low interest rates for up to three years.

“Equitable access to technology is a monumental challenge,” said Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer. “This offer presents an affordable option until we find a long-term solution to the equity question.”

Washington High School kicked off the iBelieve Initiative this fall with the launch of a campus-wide wireless Internet network.

After submitting the proper paperwork, students are able to access the network and utilize portable learning devices in the classroom.

VanLeer said the goal is to create a more engaging learning environment and prepare students for academic and personal success in a digital world.

Staff members have adapted to the new learning environment as well, she said. Teachers are creating more technology-rich lessons and administrators are completing teacher evaluations online.

“Our students and staff at the high school have done an excellent job implementing technology so far this year,” added VanLeer. “Their experiences and feedback will help us shape the program as we move forward.”

The iBelieve Initiative is scheduled to expand to Washington Middle School next semester. Elementary implementation is tentatively set for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

“We are thankful for the Bank of Washington’s support as we begin our digital conversion,” said VanLeer. “Leveling the playing field and making educational technology available for all students is extremely important. We will need the support of our entire community to make it a reality.”

The Bank of Washington offer expires May 31, 2014.

The bank offered a similar program for St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s iPad initiative.