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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 20, 2014

Computers approved for 1:1

By Brooks Taylor | Jan 22, 2014

WAYLAND — Policies and quotes dominated the news from Monday night’s regular meeting of the WACO School Board of Directors.
The school district will offer a variation of the 1:1 initiative as directors approved the purchase of 150 Chromebooks for the students at a cost of $350 each of $52,500.
Superintendent of Schools Darrell Smith said students will be able to check out the computers, for use at school or to take home if the student does not have a computer at home.
“If students do not have (Internet) access at home now, we want them to be able to have access,” Smith said.
In addition to the Chromebooks, the district also will purchase 40 iPad 2s for $15,160. Total computer and accessory purchases come to $87,443. Most of the cost will be funded through the district’s one-percent sales tax revenue.
Acting on a recommendation from Smith, the board approved offering an addition to the current staff early retirement benefits. The addition is an incentive of 50 percent of the employee’s final year salary paid in four equal payments over a two-year period.
Smith said it would apply to support and certified staff but not be retroactive.
Swift Enterprises was the successful bidder at $16,954 to tile all restrooms in district buildings.
The varsity gymnasium at the junior-senior high school in Wayland could be receiving new bleachers. Directors were presented two bids, ranging from $56,900 to $63,126 but tabled action until Smith receives more information from the bidders.
A change was approved in the district’s good conduct policy regarding use of tobacco. Currently, the policy says “used/possessed tobacco in any form” which will be amended to “used/possessed tobacco, electronic substitutes, look-a-likes or nicotine products in any form.”
Retirement resignations were accepted from Debra Hughes, elementary secretary, and Kathie Grimm, elementary teacher. Grimm also is requesting early retirement benefits.
WACO directors meet again in regular session Monday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior/senior high school media center.

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