Computer initiative moves forward at I-S
The Iola-Scandinavia School Board received an update about a computer initiative for the high school when it met Monday, July 9.
Bill Lund told the board the latest information about the One to One Computer Initiative Program.
“We have received a $10,000 donation from 1st National Bank, and we have more donations that will be coming in the next few months,” he said. “The computers will be arriving at the end of this month; that’s when the work will begin.”
High School Principal Sara Anderson added, “The hope is that eventually, we will not need textbooks and the money that is currently set aside for that can now go towards this program.”
Currently, there are 40 total interactive text books, in addition to another 94 titles in PDF format available for use, through CK12.
The district believes that it will get three to four years of usage on each unit.
Students will be expected to turn in their computers at the conclusion of each school year.
Efforts are underway to get the high school ready for wireless network.
In other business, the School Board unanimously approved a school sponsored Thunderbird Booster Club.
The club will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness and Aquatic Center
The board also accepted the retirements of sixth-grade teacher Bill Westphal and high school math teacher Diane Newby. Westphal has been with the district for 39 years and Newby for 12.
Contracts were approved for Chelsea Liesch, middle school math, and Rebecca Robillard, middle school/high school English.
In addition, the board approved compensation for non-union employees and discussed interim administrator candidates. Interviews will be scheduled.
The Personnel Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. The annual meeting and then regular school board meeting will follow.