WHITE CASTLE, La. (AP) — Textbooks won't be the only items students in the Iberville Parish School District will be receiving during the first few weeks of school this year.

School Superintendent Ed Cancienne tells The Advocate more than 2,000 sixth- through 12th-graders are getting Apple Macbook Pro laptops.

Cancienne describes the laptop distribution as a "critical" stage of the district's "1+1 Initiative," which pairs students with portable computers for the district's technology-enriched curriculum.

He says the laptop initiative was introduced two years ago at the district's two math, science and art magnet academies, he said.

Cancienne said laptop computers are giving teachers the ability to integrate web-based programs and exercises into their daily lesson plans.