PGISD ap­proves new servers, deal to of­fer ArtS­mart pro­gram

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE - By Jen­nifer Mid­dle­ton

Pleas­ant Grove In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict trus­tees ap­proved the pur­chase of new cam­pus servers along with an amend­ment in the 2017-18 bud­get to in­clude the pur­chase of large-screen jum­botrons at the high school.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Ja­son Smith, the four servers, which will cost $47,759, are up to 12 years old and don’t have the ca­pac­ity the dis­trict needs to back up ev­ery­thing.

“We’re mov­ing to­ward a cloud en­vi­ron­ment. More and more things are go­ing to be in the cloud and won’t be on the servers,” he said. “How­ever, we do back up ev­ery­thing on a daily ba­sis…we have things that have to be backed up in-house and we do that on our own servers. The servers we have, they are out­dated.”

In other busi­ness, trus­tees passed a bud­get amend­ment to cover pay­ment of me­dia boards for $89,563 and $20,988 for elec­tri­cal and in­stal­la­tion cost. The equip­ment, which will be placed in the cafe­te­ria and prac­tice gym at the high school, was ap­proved with Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion funds in­cluded in the 2016-17 bud­get. How­ever, the equip­ment did not ar­rive un­til af­ter Aug. 31, Smith said, so the pay­ment must come from the 2017-18 bud­get.

Trus­tees heard a pre­sen­ta­tion on the dis­trict im­prove­ment plan, with Smith point­ing out a few changes from last year.

“One of the things we wanted to add this year is the ex­pec­ta­tion of ev­ery child mas­ter­ing,” he said. “If you look through you’ll see how we em­bed­ded that in this. You’ll see that we added a com­pre­hen­sive needs as­sess­ment to our dis­trict plan as well. It’s one of the things you will see us con­tinue to do. We’re just mak­ing a few changes as we move for­ward with out plan.”

The board also ap­proved an agree­ment with the Texarkana Re­gional Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil to pro­vide the ArtS­mart pro­gram for el­e­men­tary and in­ter­me­di­ate school stu­dents. The pro­gram, which will also give teacher pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment through a col­lec­tive part­ner­ship with the John F. Kennedy Cen­ter, will cost $13,500.

Smith also re­ported that Septem­ber’s av­er­age daily at­ten­dance is 2,118, com­pared with 2127 in 2016.

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