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Netbooks for CCJSHS college credit classes


September 05, 2012
The Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees met Aug. 21 to discuss a much anticipated computer initiative that will be integrated into select classrooms this year as well as review progress on the Marengo Elementary School roof repairs.

An agreement was reached with Verizon to provide netbooks to students enrolled in classes that will garner college credit.

"Through the grant that we received and the contract with Verizon, we will not be using any school funds to fund this project," Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said.

The program differs from other area programs in that only students who are taking courses that will gain them college credits will be supplied with a netbook.

"This is a test run for us," James Smith, business manager for the corporation, said. "We eventually want to provide all of our students with netbooks, but we need to see if these will have the power to do everything our students will need them to."

Students will have access to the Internet, online course materials and digital textbooks.

"It will have Internet service," Eastridge said. "The way it was explained to me is they will use the Verizon towers to connect to the Internet, but it will go to our network and be filtered by our network, so it's not just wide-open content."

Eastridge said Internet use will be restricted by the parameters of the school's network filter, and student use will be monitored.

"I spent Friday night during the (football) game and tried to get to anything that I thought would be inappropriate," trustee Shawn Scott, who also is chief deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, said. "The new iBoss is great; it just kept shutting me down."

Kelly Masterson addressed the board concerning funding for the high school marching band program. She requested additional funds for competition, instruments and more. No action was taken.

In another matter, Eastridge said the school has received the guidance counselor grant for another year to the tune of $399,000 for elementary guidance counselors and mental health services for students.

Eastridge also talked about the End of Course Assessments. While the results are still embargoed, he said he's happy with the scores.

"The math was just exceptional," Eastridge said. "It showed tremendous growth."

He said all categories are above the state average.

Marengo Elementary School's roof has been repaired from the damage it received from the hail storm. There will be enough insurance money left from the Marengo repairs to also repair the roof at English Elementary School.

A quote from Insulated Roofing of $62,833.25 will completely redo the English facility and provide a 20-year guarantee. The recommendation by Eastridge to accept the bid and approve the repairs passed 7-0.

In other business, the board approved the resignations of Tony Holland, director of technology, and Jordan Payne, math teacher at CCJSHS.

Trustees also approved the following extracurricular appointments: Monte Eckert, coach for both boys' and girls' cross country and boys' B and sixth-grade basketball; Debbie Ruble, Battle of the Books coach; Donna Jones and Renita McMonigle, volunteer assistant coaches for elementary cross country; T.J. Wolf, dance coach at Marengo; and Ashley Gibbs, volunteer dance coach at Marengo.

The board approved Janell Pfau and Teresa Spencer as part-time Title I assistants at Patoka Elementary and Robyn Nordhoff as a math teacher at CCJSHS, as well as the maternity leave request of Jamie Haney.

Patricia Tyler was transferred from part-time aide to part-time cook, Rina Smith was approved as a part-time cafeteria aide for CCJSHS, and Larry Brown was given an addendum of 10 miles retroactive to Aug. 9 and going until the end of the school year.

A contract with McIntyre Consulting, of Georgetown, was approved through December to fill the technology director's role.

In addition, NEOLA policy changes were given a second reading and approved 7-0.

The next board meeting will be Sept. 18. It will include a dedication of the new art and family and consumer sciences rooms at CCJSHS.

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