There is more computers and track in Sturgeon R-V’s future.
During the board’s, July 17 meeting board members approved bids for a batch of Dell Chromebook laptop computers and accompanying charging carts. They also committed to hosting a middle school track meet next year.
After discussion with R-V Athletic Director Kevin Hicks, who explained that high school track meets are usually scheduled two to three years in advance, the board agreed to a plan whereby they would first hold the middle-school meet.
That, said R-V Superintendent Geoffrey Neill, will enable staff to get a better understanding of the staffing needs inherent to hosting a track meet. “We appreciate the taxpayers’ patience in this,” he said. “We are going to start small with an early-season middle school meet and go from there
The Chomebooks should arrive in time for the first day of school, Neill said.
The board unanimously voted to purchase 120 Chromebooks along with the user licenses and six charging carts. The board chose the low bid, $31,001.10, from SHI. The competing bid was $32,220 from CDW-G.
“This is focusing on the classroom situation of the high school,” Neill said when asked if there would be one computer per student. He said it was not a one-to-one initiative. “We are making technology available to students so they are ready and familiar with it when they reach college or the work force. Exposing them and giving them experience with technology is an important priority for the district.”
In a related discussion, board members learned the district now has water at the track. “Master Tec and Public Water Service District Number 10 in getting the project completed,” Neill said of the project which required 855 feet of two-inch polymer pipe. The project cost the district $10,462.32, along with $2,600 for a PWSD #10 meter. “Sherry Creel at the water district was very helpful.”
In other business, the board approved a new career ladder plan which will permit more staff to participate in the plan. “I’m happy to see the career ladder plan expand,” Neill said. “I hope to see the number of contact hours increase. Our teachers are already doing a lot of work in that area, they put in a lot of hours.”
In other business, they chose bids for bread, buns dairy, bus repair diesel fuel and maintenance. The winning bids were: Prenger Foods – Sturgeon for bread and buns.
Dairy – Central Dairy
The board also went into closed session before and after the meeting. Neill said no votes were taken in either, except to return to open session.”