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November 12, 2013

Covington schools work to keep up with technology

COVINGTON, Ind. — Covington school board members approved a recommendation from Superintendent Kirk Booe and building principals to update the schools’ computer labs.

Booe said he and the principals discussed the need to keep hard-wired computer labs. The computers in the labs are 8 to 10 years old and need to be updated or replaced. School board members approved the quote of $64,308 from HP Direct for 92 new HP desktop computers. CDW of Carmel gave a quote of $80,665.

In his technology update, Booe said the new wireless access points and zone directors as discussed at the last school board meeting are 75 to 80 percent installed. Middle school principal Steve Reynolds said new access points have already done a great job of relieving wireless issues.  Booe said the school corporation also is going to purchase an additional 100 megabytes of bandwidth from NewWave for $500 a month. This will put the schools’ bandwidth at 115 megabytes after adding in 15 megabytes of bandwidth the school corporation already gets through Education Networks of America (ENA).

Booe asked for the school board’s blessing to post a position for a technology assistant. He explained they need a person who is hands-on and can fix things when they malfunction. The school corporation has two employees taking care of close to 700 machines. School board members agreed to advertise the job opening.

In other business, school board members:

Met Yessi Girdler, the new elementary and middle school guidance counselor.  Girdler said she is “excited to be here” and has enjoyed the time she has already spent in the schools.

Received information on the 2013 Spring ISTEP, End of Course Assessments, and school accountability measures.  Booe said the information is tentative since the state has not released official school grades and growth model data yet. Elementary principal Alison Karrfalt said the elementary scores “are very similar to where they have been in recent years and we are pleased with the scores.”

Approved extracurricular assignments including: Junior Harmon as the girls junior varsity basketball coach; Jeff McCoy as the girls eighth-grade basketball coach; Jamie Hughes as the girls seventh-grade basketball coach; Chad Tanner and DJ Linville as the girls sixth-grade basketball coaches; Travis Brown as the boys ninth-grade basketball coach; and John Karrfalt as the boys sixth-grade basketball coach.

School board members will meet next at 6:30 p.m. EST Dec. 9.

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