Schools to Receive Wifi Upgrade
As schools expand the use of devices in classrooms, the infrastructure that provides wifi Internet must expand as well.
With the help of federal e-rate funds, new data infrastructure equipment will be installed in all four district schools over the next year and a half. The plan calls for replacing existing wireless access points and five switches. Most of the new equipment is replacing equipment as much as 20 years old. Some access points will also be added in school areas that are underserved.
The wiring and data drops are also being upgraded to increase the Internet speed throughout the schools. Work will begin this summer.
The total cost of the project is just under $215,000, with 40 percent of the costs being reimbursed to the District through federal e-rate funds. Total cost to the District is $129,000.
Board Reviews Strategic Planning Process
The Board will review at its June meeting a strategic planning process proposed by the Consortium for Educational Change.
The not-for-profit educational organization specializes in providing support to schools and districts to foster collaborative cultures that bring positive change and continuous improvement in student learning.
The group assists districts in developing and/or refreshing strategic plans with a core group representing three main areas: staff, parents and community members.
The strategic plan should develop goals and strategies to address five areas:
- Student growth and achievement
- Learning environment
- Professional environment
- Community partnerships
- Finances and resources.
More details on this process will be shared at the June 27 meeting.
Holiday Parties Will Bypass Food
Following a study of student allergies and practices of controlling food to keep high-risk students safe, the District and PTOs have agreed that food is not essential for classroom parties, which are held three times a year for K-5 students in all three elementary schools.
The number of students with life-threatening allergies is on the rise, making it difficult to provide a safe environment for parties with food. Allergy-free food products that the PTOs tested in the last two years are not favored by students and are also more expensive than traditional party treats.
Parties will center around fun games and activities instead of food.
It's Official! Last Day of School is June 8
As required by state law, the Board officially canceled the tentative emergency snow dates to end the 2016-17 school year Thursday, June 8. The day will be a full day of classes.