SCHS Sees Little Damage to iPads After First YearSalem High School Superintendent Brad Detering says damage to the school issued iPads to all of last year's freshmen class was not a major issue. He reports only eight iPads were damaged or had to be replaced and three of those were assigned to the faculty. One of the iPads was stolen and couldn't be recovered because an app used to determine the last connection point of the machine had been removed. Detering says they will make some changes in the deployment of the iPads to this year's incoming freshmen class. Among the changes is no longer allowing apps to be deleted by students. All apps added to the iPads will now have to be pushed down through the school. The district is using Title One Funds to provide students with the iPads. A further assessment of the effectiveness of the iPads in the learning process will be completed at the end of the next school year.
The board approved a 2.5% salary increase for non-certified staff members, including teachers aides, bus drivers and secretaries. The total increase to the district is just under $17,000.
Detering now believes the fiscal year end deficit may be cut to $100,000 or possibly eliminated completely depending on what state payments are received by July 1st. The amended budget approved by the board Tuesday night still showed a $196,000 deficit. That compares to the $900,000 deficit the board had projected at the start of the school year.
The board approved Ameresco to complete a $100,000 tuckpointing project on various walls in the school. The work will start next year and be completed before the start of school. Half of the cost will be paid by a State Board of Education maintenance grant.
Principal John Boles announced three more teachers were taking additional classes to become certified to teach dual credit classes. He reports once they are certified, the district will be able to offer more classes for both high school and Kaskaskia College credit.
In personnel action, the board accepted the resignation of James Sager as Assistant Boys Basketball Coach and employed Carolyn Barr as a kitchen helper for the coming school year.
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Police Beat for Friday, December 19th, 2014