USD 410 board OKs computer purchases for high school use

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education approved at its regular meeting April 9 to spend up to $159,000 to purchase computers for high school staff and students for spring 2012.

USD 410?s technology committee had reviewed and approved the planned purchases. At Monday?s meeting, technology director Brad Just reviewed the request, which included 27 Lenovo ThinkPad 520 for staff, 200 ThinkPad X130e and computer cases for students and 15 desktop computers for the technology lab.

The purchases will be made from the capital outlay fund, Superintendent Steve Noble said.

The notebooks and laptops currently used by high school staff and students will be refurbished and used in the elementary school next year, Just said.

The board spent an extended time discussing implications for ongoing changes in technology regarding the district?s 1-1 computer-use program.

Noble said implementation of the program at the high school level has been successful and has enhanced students? learning.

The board also approved a six-month lease agreement with representatives from Grace Community Church in Newton for use of the elementary school facilities.

The lease grants access to the premises from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays only.

Provisions include a monthly payment of $1,500, which includes use of the Gordon Mohn Community Center, the gymnasium, preschool activity and lunch rooms, the faculty lunch room, the art/music room and restrooms in the north/south hallway across from the gymnasium as well as utilities and custodial fees for care of the facility. The church also will pay for liability insurance.

The board approved a lease with Prairie View of Marion County for its use of the elementary school during the weekdays to run a summer program for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Prairie View has leased the facility in the past. Included are provisions for custodial fees, transportation and food service. Noble said the only significant difference between this lease and previous ones is Prairie View adding liability insurance.

Noble told the board the district had received notification of a capital outlay equalization class action lawsuit. He recommended the board take no action.

Should the USD 410 BOE choose not to respond, he explained, the district would be eligible upon judgment for the plaintiff, for past state aid due.

The board took no action.

Following Noble?s recommendation, the board approved adding the following positions/programs to the 2013 fiscal year budget: a piano accompanist, summer curriculum work and supplemental positions to supervise the weight room.

The board also approved contracts for Tim Kersten as Hillsboro Middle School custodian and for Lance Sawyer as HHS instructor in math and engineering, HHS head football coach, assistant HHS boys? basketball coach and summer and spring weight training.

The board also met in executive session to discuss negotiations. No action was taken.

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