SA board approves purchase of laptops for high school program

Authored by Manda Arnold on Mar 14, 2012

The South Adams School board took the first step in implementing its 1:1 high school laptop program during Tuesday evening’s board meeting by unanimously approving Superintendent Scott Litwiller’s recommendation for a 4-year lease agreement with Medical and Municipal Funding to purchase approximately 420 laptops. This decision allows technology director Myra Moore to order the laptops immediately.
The plan is to purchase the Dell laptops at a cost of $615. This cost is slightly higher than the $595 for the Lenovo laptops that was also considered, but it is still within the budgeted amount of $650. The Dell laptops do not have as high of balloon cost/value as the Lenovo.
The first year lease payment is $114,346; second year lease payment is $65,372; third year lease payment is $38,427; and the fourth year lease payment is $18,438; $55,000 from the CPF budget for new freshman laptops will also be added to each of these payments.
Moore also reported on the Tech Fair that took place at South Adams on March 1. According to Moore, the fair was a success with 49 teachers and staff from all three schools and a variety of grades attending. She also stated that she has seen a variety of ideas put into practice in the classroom since the fair.
In personnel news, the board approved the resignation of four South Adams employees.
Lana Schwartz, a fifth grade teacher, has worked at South Adams for 19 years and has a total of 24 years in public education. Her resignation is effective as of March 9.
Barb McDonald, a fifth grade teacher, will resign effective at the end of the school year.
Joan Morgan, who has been a cook at South Adams for 25 years, will be resigning. Her career at South Adams began in 1987 at the Berne Elementary.
Carol Cummings has been in public education for 37 years, 34 of those at South Adams. She has been an art teacher, a fourth grade teacher, Title I coordinator/teacher, and is resigning in the post as Title I director for South Adams. Her resignation is effective at the end of the school year.
The board also unanimously approved the hiring of three employees.
Kristi Cressman was approved as a Title I teacher to replace Janine Felabom. Cressman is currently a teacher aide in Felabom’s room and will take over the teacher position effective April 2.
Betsy Minnich was hired as an elementary teacher for the fourth grading period of the 2011-2012 school year. She will finish out the school year in Lana Schwartz’s fifth grade classroom. She has been substitute teaching for Schwartz.
The final employment approved was the position of athletic secretary. Under the recommendation of athletic director Mike Pries, the board approved the hiring of Jenn Neuenschwander to replace Connie Shady as athletic secretary. The board also approved Neuenschwander to begin working as soon as the necessary paperwork was completed, and they approved her contract for 210 days at the request of Pries. This would allow her to begin work approximately a week before fall sports begin practice and to work approximately a week after spring sports end.
In student news, the board recognized the winter athletes who participated in the IHSAA state tournament.
Cady Farlow, a freshman swimmer, qualified for the girls swimming state meet in the 100 meter freestyle and the 100 meter breaststroke. Farlow holds the school record in both the 100 meter freestyle and the 100 meter breaststroke. She also broke the Jay County Sectional record in the 100 meter breaststroke. She is daughter of Rod and Tara Farlow.
The other three students recognized were Todd Batt, Sawyer Miller, and LJ Moser. All three boys qualified for the state wrestling tournament held in Indianapolis.
Batt, a senior and son of Troy and Carrie Young, qualified to wrestle in the 132-pound class and was the runner-up in the state meet. He holds the South Adams’ record for the most wins by a wrestler at 152. He is also the first South Adams wrestler to be a state runner-up. Batt was also invited to participate in the Indiana-Illinois Wrestling Tournament of Champions in DeKalb, Illinois on March 10 through March 11. He defeated an Illinois state champion at the event.
Miller, a freshman and son of Roger and Jessica Miller, qualified in the 103-pound class and placed fourth in the state meet.
Moser, a junior and son of Dave and Kay Neuenschwander, qualified in the 112-pound class.
The board also approved the overnight field trip request by the vocational department for Gary McMillian and Jerod Dailey to use a white bus to travel to Indianapolis to take six students to participate in the State Skills USA Contest on April 13 through April 14.

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