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Monday, 09 June 2014 10:13


• Leader & Times


Before diving into new business, the USD No. 480 Board of Education will discuss some old business, namely the flooring bid, at this evening’s regular board meeting.

Flooring America & Furniture Outlet was the only bidder for this project. The cost of flooring for the second floor of the high school will be $35,000, and the cost for Southlawn, $24,450. This brings the project to a total of $59,450, the funding for which will come from the board’s capital outlay.

The next item of discussion will be the expiration of the property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance. The insurance, provided through Al Shank Insurance, is set to expire on June 30.

The renewal will cost $622,764 total. Al Shank will attend the meeting to answer questions that the board has concerning the renewal.

Another major funding decision lies in the school district’s outdated technology. A computer rotation was recommended to the district by the technology committee last April, but the board voted it down so as not to increase the mill levy. Because there is no budget set aside specifically for new computers, the committee had to come up with a different plan.

According to the school board’s agenda on the USD 480 website, they cannot avoid updating technology much longer.

“Currently, we have 264 desktops at the seven year mark (2007 models) distributed throughout the district, primarily for staff use with some student use in the classrooms. These systems negatively impact student learning, staff productivity and IT support efficiency due to older technology and slower processing,” the agenda summary noted.

The committee recommends that the board approves a “desktop refresh with laptop-docking station system... dependent on the availability of funds.” The committee eventually wants all 264 outdated computers and accessories to be replaced, but since that doesn’t seem possible immediately, they want to start the computer refresh at the high school.

The bid request calls for the purchase of 92 laptops and accessories. Eight vendors were asked to submit bids. The funds for the bid would come from the technology budget and LOB fund.

Twotrees Technologies was the bid the committee settled on. Laptops would cost $81,236; docking stations, $20,148; and business cases, $3,312. The total cost of replacing 92 of the old computers will be $104,696 if approved by the board.

Lastly, the board will start interviewing applicants to fill the vacancy left by former board member Tammy Sutherland-Abbott.

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