Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2001

School board OKs technology purchase plan

March 14, 2001

Tonganoxie school board members Monday night unanimously approved a technology purchase plan.

Steve Woolf, junior high principal, and a technology committee developed the plan during the past year.

Under the $140,000 plan, new equipment and software will be purchased, and current equipment will be cleaned and repaired.

About $30,000 will be spent at the junior high for new computers, $15,000 at the elementary for new computers and other equipment and $21,000 at the high school for printers and computers. Software costs would be about $23,000. Cleaning and repairing costs about $7,000 and staff development of technology skills $6,000.

The board's approval, Woolf said, was an important step in continuing the development of students' literacy in an age where technology is crucial.

"I think ultimately it is important to give our kids the tools to compete and for teachers to be able to teach those skills," he said. "It's important that we prepare our kids to be literate in today's society and not for the 1940s. We want to try to give the kids the opportunities they need."

In other business at the school board meeting Monday night:

The board discussed its goals for the 2001-2002 school year. Terry Needham, board member, suggested adding a goal that would evaluate school facilities. Other board members agreed. Other current goals that deal with the curriculum, finances and community relationships were discussed.

Richard Erickson, superintendent, discussed capital requests with the board. Because salt was used on sidewalks this winter, all three schools have sidewalk damage that needs to be fixed. Erickson also mentioned improvements such as re-coating the high school parking lot, remodeling two rooms at the elementary school, repainting and resurfacing the high school gym floor, replacing volleyball standards with ones that hang from the ceiling, replacing heating/air conditioning unit at high school and better lighting at the front of the high school.

The board accepted the retirement of Vicky Smith, high school at-risk teacher.

The board also accepted the resignation of Susan Lenon, a sixth-grade teacher at the elementary school, and Charla Jerome, a junior high school English and math teacher.

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