USD 410 Board of Education approved the purchase of new speakers, clocks and horns for Hillsboro Elementary School and Middle/High School at its March 11 regular meeting.
The contract involves DCS Services using Greenbush Purchasing Consortium to install the equipment during the summer at a cost of $151,812.
The board also approved the following technology purchases with TwoTrees Technologies LLC for middle school and elementary students:
◼ 154 Lenovo ThinkPad 11e 20GB laptops with three-year service agreement for $77,000 for HMS students.
Superintendent Max Heinrichs said these more powerful laptops are the same ones bought last year for HHS students and will eliminate needing to purchase most of the desktop labs in next year’s technology rotation, resulting in an anticipated savings of about $50,000.
◼ 30 Lenovo 300e Chromebook 81H0 Chromebooks at $9,450 for HES students that will replace the aging desktop lab at HES. These Chromebooks also come with a three-year extended service agreement.
The district is moving to Android and Chromebook rather than staying with Apple’s iPads, Heinrich said.
After meeting in executive session for personnel, the board approved two USD 410 Food Service retirements. Judy Penner is finishing 24 years as HES cook and most recently Food Service director, effective Aug. 15, and Kathryn Carr is retiring after 29 years as HMHS cook, effective May 17.
Heinrichs reviewed the number of contact hours required during the school term. He said even after missing a total of 33 hours because of weather and the boil water advisory, the scheduled hours still are above what are required in a school term.
“We’re not looking at bringing our students or faculty back (for additional days) at this point,” he said.
Heinrichs also announced that he has been appointed to the Kansas Association of School Boards Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019, which will involve receiving training and visiting different schools in the state. He said he was nominated by Steve Noble, former USD 410 superintendent.
Board reports were presented by President Mark Rooker on TEEN and member Jared Jost on Marion County Special Education Cooperative.
After the board went into executive sessions for negotiations and evaluation of the superintendent, no action was taken.
Board members Tim Kaufman and Jim Paulus were absent from this month’s meeting.