Park­ers Chapel Board ap­proves Chrome­book in­sur­ance fee

Mur­ray, Skin­ner at­tend last meet­ing

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Brit­tany Wil­liams Staff Writer

PARK­ERS CHAPEL — The Park­ers Chapel School Board ap­proved an “in­sur­ance” fee for school-is­sued Chrome­book lap­tops at its meet­ing last week.

District su­per­in­ten­dent Michael White said Mon­day that the high school now has one-to-one tech­nol­ogy and be­cause of that, the pol­icy would hold Tro­jans ac­count­able for main­tain­ing one-toone sta­tus.

Chrome­books, or Google-pow­ered com­put­ers, are used in ev­ery­day in­struc­tion and dur­ing ACT As­pire stan­dard­ized tests. The lap­tops could re­place text­books stu­dents usu­ally carry around, take home or leave in the lock­ers, high school prin­ci­pal Seth Wil­liams said.

“The teach­ers have re­ally en­joyed (it) this year be­cause be­fore we had enough Chrome­books, but they were hav­ing to kind of bor­row within de­part­ments,” the prin­ci­pal said. “Now, it’s just as­sumed that the kids have one. That’s one of your ma­te­ri­als, you have to bring that with you and they can use it in their lessons. It’s im­por­tant that they use them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis be­cause the test­ing is com­put­er­ized, ev­ery­thing but the ACT and the AP tests.”

Stu­dents would be re­spon­si­ble for re­pair costs due to neg­li­gence or loss of a school-is­sued Chrome­book. Par­ents who choose not to pay the in­sur­ance fee will be re­spon­si­ble for the full cost, the su­per­in­ten­dent said. The fee would de­crease as years go by.

“They’re go­ing to charge a fee of $25 per year,” he said. “Over a six-year pe­riod, they would spend $75 for the use of their Chrome­books and that money is guar­an­tee­ing, and it’s kind of like a minia­ture in­sur­ance pol­icy, that the cost of many nor­mal wear and

tear things will be taken care off.”

White’s rec­om­men­da­tion to up­grade the school’s sewer sys­tem. A pre­vi­ous up­grade that was com­pleted prior to White’s ten­ure didn’t meet the de­mand of the district’s grow­ing en­roll­ment, he said.

“The num­bers they that were us­ing for so much fewer stu­dents that last spring we were deal­ing with a lot of sewer wa­ter on top of the ground be­cause the ground was just sat­u­rated,” he said. “Be­cause of what kind of project it is, it’s got to be ap­proved by the state. So we had to take it to the state. They’ve got their own ideas about what needs to be done and of course when they add things to the project, the price went up.”

Glenn Me­chan­i­cal re­viewed the cur­rent sewer sys­tem and con­cluded that lines need to be dug up, re­placed some of the valves due to wa­ter flow and add five to six more lines, new fil­ters and pump. The lo­cal com­pany’s bid was $24,021 to com­plete the project within state health de­part­ment guide­lines.

“I don’t think we have a choice be­cause it’s re­ally foul and nasty out there … We shouldn’t have to deal with this ever again,” White said.

Board mem­bers unan­i­mously ap­proved White’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ac­cept Glenn Me­chan­i­cal’s bid to com­plete the project.

The school board’s leg­isla­tive li­ai­son Lisa Mur­ray and mem­ber Howard Skin­ner made their last board ac­tions Mon­day night. South Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege ca­reer coun­selor Grace Pal­culict is run­ning un­op­posed for Skin­ner’s po­si­tion.

While the last day of early vot­ing is Mon­day, elec­tion day is sched­uled for Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to a le­gal an­nounce­ment pub­lished in the NewsTimes.

“Ms. Lisa did not file to run, but wanted to. So what we need to do is ap­point Ms. Lisa or some­one else to fill that spot af­ter the elec­tion. She’ll have to run again next year,” board pres­i­dent Ja­son Hardy said.

The board ap­proved the district’s 2017-2018 bud­get and mi­nor­ity re­cruit­ment plan, a trans­fer re­quest, Arkansas Com­pre­hen­sive School Im­prove­ment Plan as­sur­ance, and an ad­den­dum to re­source teacher Tif­fany Graven for con­ces­sion stand co­or­di­na­tor du­ties. A trans­fer re­quest was also de­nied and tabled, re­spec­tively.

The Park­ers Chapel School Board’s next meet­ing is sched­uled at 6 p.m. Mon­day, Oct. 9 in the Park­ers Chapel High School tech­nol­ogy build­ing.

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