Board OKs Chromebooks purchase

CLYDE – Clyde-Green Springs Superintendent Dave Stubblebine offered Board of Education members the chance to examine a Chromebook Monday evening.

“The future is in digital materials,” Stubblebine said.

Board members proceeded to approve the purchase of Chromebooks for all grades 5-8 from Best Buy for $189,920.

The district is not discontinuing textbooks at this time. Should Chromebooks be damaged or not working, textbooks would then be used by the student.

High School Principal Joe Webb said he is developing a train-the-trainer program so teachers can assist each other with the technology and train students. Technology coordinator Jordan Hasselbach will be available to maintain the Chromebooks.

Stubblebine said acceptable use policies are being developed for the equipment.

He also asked board members to consider starting the school year in the middle of August and ending in mid-May to conform to the new testing schedule.

Webb said the Academic Awards Ceremony is 7 p.m. May 6 followed by the Senior Awards at 8 a.m. May 30. Clyde’s graduation ceremony is 1 p.m. June 1.

Administrators thanked teachers for their effort and patience throughout the new testing process.

Principal Jackie Davis at Clyde Elementary expressed concern for third graders not scoring high enough on the reading test. They are not to be allowed to be promoted to the fourth grade. Staff and students have been encouraging classes for their tests.

“It’s a cheap shot for the students,” Davis said.

Treasurer Joyce Dupont again introduced the topic of extending the emergency renewal levy from five to a 10-year period. The levy was first approved in 2005 and again in 2010. The levy generates $1,365,000 annually and asks for no new taxes. Stretched over a 10-year period, homeowners’ taxes may be reduced.

Green Springs Elementary Principal Randy Stockmaster reported staff has been preparing for all-day kindergarten starting next school year.

Special Education Director Dave Marchman said a transition afternoon will occur 1-3 p.m. May 8 in the high school auditorium. Speakers are to discuss services and future prospects.

The Accafellas are to appear at Clyde High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

In other matters, the board:

Approved the multi-agreement contract with North Point Educational Service Center for special education services July 1-June 30, 2015.

Approved the purchase of course materials from McGraw-Hill costing $48,047.33.

Reappointed Scott Prunty to the Clyde Public Library Board for a seven-year term beginning July 1.

Accepted a gift of $350 from the Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union to Clyde Elementary School for Brandon Mussell’s kindergarten class to take a field trip to Back to the Wild.

The board is to meet at 6 p.m. May 19.