OHIO — The Ohio Grade School Board met in regular session on Aug. 20 and conducted the following business:
• Superintendent Sharon Sweger explained many schools are going to 1:1 computing. It will be a requirement that schools take standardized testing by computer starting next year. Ohio Schools have upgraded their labs, but in addition Sweger and Quentin Christensen of Quentech have been researching 1:1 computing, which is electronic technology for each student. This means each student will have some kind of electronic device in his/her hands for homework, testing, etc. This is the direction classrooms are going to; many schools have already implemented laptops or tablets for each student; some have been successful, and others not so. Sweger is also looking at programs that would be downloaded at school, so students would not need Internet at home. The school has met with a representative to get ideas of cost and what kind of programs it would need. This program would require adding a technology fee to the school registration fees. However, when a student pays the fees, for example, in high school for four years, the device would be for the student to keep. Sweger is still researching and will come back with more information.
• Approved the tentative Fiscal Year 2014 budget for public display and set a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
• Approved setting the eighth0grade graduation date at 6 p.m. May 23.
• Approved a resolution to transfer bond funds to operations and maintenance fund under the advice of the district's auditor.
• Approved a $1,687 stipend for the BD coordinator.
• Approved Nancy Schrader's four-year retirement option request.
• Sweger gave an update on the building project. The tuck pointing is going well, and the new sills are being installed. The workers should be done in the next week. Also, there are 36 students enrolled at the high school level and 83 at the grade school level for a total of 119 students. There are nine students in kindergarten and seven new students in Grades 1, 4, 5, 6 and one new BD student.
• Sweger also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Edyburn who donated a Walmart gift card in the amount of $200 and Jim and Karen Anderson who also donated a Walmart gift card in the amount of $100 for the purchase of school supplies for families needing help. Tim and Traci Snodgrass donated boxes of crayons. Sweger also thanked Quentin Christensen of Quentech for the donation of keyboards and mice for the new lab. The Ohio School Foundation donated $2,000 with which the school purchased 19 Kindles. The school has received a grant, so books can be downloaded onto the Kindles for free. Sweger also thanked LCN for their donation of eight new door closers.
• Volleyball season has begun. There are 18 girls participating. Also, the school has started a new student management system. Staff has all been trained and positive feedback has been heard.