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July 18, 2014

Hoopeston Area board buys computers

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Area school board unanimously approved the John Greer Chrome Book Pilot Program Thursday. The cost is not to exceed $67,251 for the 2014-2015 school year.

The program will include 160 Dell Chrome Books, the Google Chrome management license, a three-year warranty with accidental damage protection and six carts for the Chrome Book.

"We looked at seven different Chrome Books," said Lawrence Jahn, technology chairman. "Dell was the sturdiest and with 4 gigabytes (of memory)."

In other school board business, board members approved the District Active Shooter Crisis Plan, the Technology Plan for school years 2015-2017, the employee work rules and the coaches handbook as presented.

Also approved were Aunt Millie's for bread products, Illinia FS for fuel and Prairie Farms for milk products for school year 2014-2015. Superintendent Hank Hornbeck said the milk prices did go up this year and the price per carton would be adjusted to 30 cents instead of 25 cents.

• Mark Eighner said the financial report was overall very good for the school district in 2014.

"Everyone has been controlling our expenses and watching what they buy," Eighner said. "Our district has done a pretty good job with an estimated budget."

• Learned insurance will cover damage to the Maple School roof damage and loss of the library books during a recent storm. It also will cover the asbestos abatement for the high school boiler.

• Learned teachers will report for work on Aug. 14 and the first day of school for students will be Aug. 18.

• Approved the employment of Matt Darling as eighth-grade girls'basketball coach, Megan Schneider as the Maple Grade School kindergarten teacher and Ross Bryll as the assistant football coach. Also approved were resignations of Tim Bulster as middle school ELA teacher and high school girls' track coach and Kevin Jett, fifth-grade boys' basketball coach.

The next Hoopeston School Board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, at the high school library.

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