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USD 112 moves ahead with computer purchase iniative
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HOLYROOD — At its regular meeting on Monday night, USD 112 Board of Education heard a proposal for providing all students and teachers from ninth to twelfth grade with Macintosh laptop computers.

Superintendent Steve Woolf is checking on compatibility with the district’s servers, cost of new servers, and the possibility of purchasing laptops early for teachers to learn the system. The price of the laptops is currently below $200,000.

The district is looking at a three-year rotation for the purchase of computers. There was some discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using PCs versus Apple computers, and the fact that elementary school students would still use PCs. Woolf said that one reason he prefers Apple is that they seem better able to withstand viruses, while other board members expressed concerns because PCs are used in business applications.

The board also discussed ways of paying for the laptops, either through capital outlay or leased purchases.

The BOE also considered improvements to Claflin High School football including new bleachers due to liability issues and improving the school parking lot for the portions that are unpaved. The bleachers would be ordered in from a company and assembled on site. Woolf will check into using labor from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

In addition, the district will look at replacing buses and the cost of good used buses. The district would like to purchase buses that will last at least for 10 years.

A report was given on nominations for the Hall of Fame. The requirements are that the person must have been in education for 25 years and had to have worked at USD 328 or USD 354 for 15 years. They must have made major contributions to the school system. Out of the nineteen nominations, nine were chosen for the Hall. They are Bob Beck, Richard "Dick" Connell, Sheila Oeser, Carol Schepmann, Nancy Feist - Schissler, Marilyn Frevert, Mary Ellen Stoppel, Estella Nuss and Roland Lekey.

When the district office is moved to Holyrood prior to the 2011-12 school year, there will be a hallway dedicated to all new and existing members of the Hall of Fame.

The board will make a decision in February regarding senior trips and whether they will be considered a school function. All three of the high schools in the district have different types of trips at this time. The board will decide whether the trips will be outside of the school district for the upcoming school year.

In other business, the board:

•Accepted the resignation of Traci Bergmeier from Wilson School.

•Heard an audit report from Jay Langley on the final USD 328 figures.