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Lanesville schools finalize Chromebooks lease

In a special meeting on April 18, the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees approved a lease agreement and payment schedule for Chromebooks and tablets between Providence Capital Network LLC and the school corporation.
Lanesville Supt. Steve Morris said that at the end of the three-year lease agreement, which is approximately $117,000 per year, that the school corporation would be able to purchase the Chromebooks for $1 each if it decided to do so.
The lease includes Chromebooks, tablets, Wi-Fi printers and other hardware, as well as a three-year accidental damage warranty, Google software to manage the Chromebook and a leather folio to protect each Chromebook when not in use.
‘Our intent is for all students in K through 12 to take their Chromebooks and tablets home,’ Morris said.
Payments for the computers, which will come from the riverboat money fund, will be made quarterly during the lease period.
All board members in attendance (Denzil McKim and Robert Schickel were absent) voted for the measure.
Also during the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Suzan Barnickle, who has taught kindergarten for 37 years. In another matter, the board accepted two overnight trips to Purdue University, one in April and another in May, for the Envirothon group’s participation in state competition on April 29 and the Dairy group’s participation in state competition on May 17.
In a regular monthly meeting on April 14, the board approved an overnight trip for the Business Professionals of America group to attend a leadership conference and approved the DestiNation Imagination team’s request to attend Global competition in May.
Morris said IREAD-3 results showed Lanesville Elementary School had a 95.5-percent passing rate. Students who did not pass the test will have remediation and are to be retested this summer. Also at LES, the computer lab schedule is being finalized for taking the multiple-choice portion of the ISTEP test for grades 3 through 6. Testing is to begin May 1 and will run through May 7 to allow two days for make-up testing for anyone who may have been absent.
For the high school principal’s report, Morris said he has been available to answer questions regarding the upcoming referendum vote, but there’s not been much response from the public.
The technology committee met earlier this month to work on professional learning goals and to develop a teacher expectations rubric. The committee also reviewed a new Acceptable Use Policy that would go into effect next year as the school implements 1:1 computing.
Morris said he has met with Jeff Shireman regarding the area close to the Interstate 64 interchange, where Areva Pharmaceuticals Inc. will open soon and the goal and vision is to open a business park in that area.
Future expectation is for approximately 1,500 jobs to be brought to the park, Morris said, and discussion of a TIF district being created has been discussed; there would be abatement on taxes for the businesses, with payroll taxes going to the county. A selling point to a business would be not paying taxes or bridge tolls, he added.
In another matter, the board made a deal with the Lanesville Volunteer Fire Dept. as it traded a 2007 Kawasaki vehicle and gave $4,000 to the department in exchange for a 2009 Gravely Tracker 4×4. The $4,000 would be paid evenly between corporation funds and the athletic department.
‘Our (newer) vehicle has a winch and snow blade that gives us more capability to maintain our grounds,’ Morris said. ‘It is a newer, bigger piece of equipment that will provide more flexibility to maintain sidewalks and parking lots.’
Mark Lambertus, assistant principal, athletic director and transportation director at Lanesville, said the newer ‘mule’ has added features.
‘With its accompanying snow plow and winch, we will be able to better clear sidewalks and parking lots next winter season. It has the capability to have a hopper attachment added to spread de-icer and salt on the parking lot,’ Lambertus said. ‘It also has amber flashing lights that will allow us traffic control options when needed.’
The board accepted the resignation of varsity volleyball coach Brittany Gayhart as well as the resignation of Darcy Kamer, agricultural science and business teacher and FFA adviser.
Board president Donnie Hussung commented on what strides the (ag science) program had made under Gary Geswein and Kamer’s supervision.