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School board OKs technology purchase

The Lonoke School Board approved the purchase of Google Chromebooks on Monday night during the January board meeting.

New Google Chromebooks will soon hit the halls of the elementary, primary and middle schools. District Coordinator Amanda Rather presented the technology purchase to the school board during the meeting. Rather said they would like to purchase enough of the tablets so that multiple classrooms can use them during instructional time. The technology purchase invoices included 112 Chromebooks, software and four carts for the middle school for a total of $40,248.36; 84 Chromebooks, software and three carts for the elementary school for $30,186.27; and one cart with 25 Chromebooks and software for the primary school for $9,154.13.

According to Rather, each cart will not only charge the Chromebooks but will also provide the wireless Internet, which will be accessible to the classroom while the technology is in use.

By unanimous vote, the board approved three invoice purchase totaling $79,588.76.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to accept the resignations of: Tiffany Hunter as Middle School Secretary effective Jan. 22, Billie Armstrong as Bus Shuttle driver effective Feb. 7, and Marsha Jones as High School Secretary/Lab Facilitator effective at the end of the 2013-2014 contract.

The board also unanimously voted to hire Micah Parish as preschool paraprofessional.

Prior to the meeting, a special reception was held in the high school cafeteria in honor of the current and past school board members. During the reception, a student-prepared video was shown of students, faculty members and a few businesses giving thanks and appreciation to the board for their hard work and dedication to the Lonoke School District.

Superintendent Suzanne Bailey also commended the board for their efforts to the school district.

“I’m so glad to be here and appreciate each and everyone of you,” Bailey said. “I see so much opportunity in the school district.”

Bailey said hosting the reception was one way for the district to show appreciation to the Lonoke School Board members.

“Tonight was about recognizing the board members for all they do to help our students, staff and the community.”

According to Bailey, former board member Rick Pennington was unable to attend the evening reception. She said there would something planned at a later date to recognized Pennington for his 21 years of service to the district.

The next Lonoke School Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the administration building.

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