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NEH?Hamilton students get iPads

August 20, 2012
Teresa Wood ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - The Northeast Hamilton School board reviewed the school iPad policy, approved staff contracts for the upcoming year and set board goals at its August 14 meeting.

At the board meeting, Superintendent Patrick Hocking reported that NEH High School students will receive iPads during the annual open house to be held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for all kindergarten through 12th grade students and their parents.

The iPad roll-out for juniors and seniors will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Ninth and tenth graders' iPad distribution will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hocking informed the board that a parent or guardian must accompany a student before an iPad will be issued.

At the board meeting, Hocking introduced the ethical use policy which outlines the student responsibilities and usage terms in regards to the new technology. The loan agreement and insurance/damage fund was also reported to the board.

Earlier this summer, the NEH school board voted to purchase iPads at a similar cost to updating obsolete laptops.

The board also approved a special education expense transfer to purchase supplies. This action allows the transfer of special education funds back to fiscal year 2012 for supplies to be used in the Special Education department. The move gives the district the authority to transfer special education expenses in an attempt to spend as much of those funds as possible.

The state of Iowa special education school funding for subsequent years is based on the previous year's spending. In order to guarantee Special Education funding for fiscal year 2013, NEH will spend up to its allotted budget in fiscal year 2012.

In other news, the board accepted the resignations of Janet Greufe as business manager/board secretary, Shirley Nelson as administrative assistant and Dave Hilton as head softball coach.

The board approved the contracts for Suzie Fiscus as board Secretary/Treasurer and Joni Smith for junior high volleyball.

Board Vice President Roxanne Anderson administered the oath of office to Susie Fiscus, the new board eecretary.

The board approved open enrollment of one student from the Alden Consolidate Schools.

School board goals for the upcoming year were discussed and approved. Those goals include: implementing a successful partial-day sharing program with Webster City schools; keeping the unspent balance fund intact; retaining current student enrollment; keeping pace with technology benefits and its effects; and improving communication with district patrons.

The board approved an Area Education Agency Transportation Agreement request to allow neighboring districts to travel through the NEH district for safety and efficiency purposes.

The board will hold its organizational and annual meeting at the regularly scheduled September meeting on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

In Administrative reports, it was reported that Shannon Muhlenbrook, Al Anderson and Bryan Van Langen will serve as volunteer football coaches.



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