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Ag program to have new greenhouse

By ANDREA FURLONG

After 38 years, Williamsburg High School will get a new greenhouse.

The Williamsburg School Board approved ag teacher Mike Malloy’s proposal to construct a 30 x 48 foot greenhouse on school grounds at a board meeting held May 12. The current greenhouse, built in 1972, is 20 x 28 feet and doesn’t serve the needs of the ag classes as well as it used to, said superintendent Dr. Carol Montz.

“I think it’s overdue for us to have a new greenhouse,” Montz told the board.

The rough estimate for the greenhouse is $66,400, but Malloy said he could work with the board to reduce that figure through less expensive choices for plumbing, lighting and concrete.

A design for the greenhouse has yet to be drafted. Montz said Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds would be used to pay for it.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board approved the purchase of three smartboards and approximately 170 netbooks, which would serve students in WHS’ six English classrooms. Along with software updates, the technology would cost approximately $91,000. The Williamsburg Community School Foundation has donated $42,500 toward the netbooks. Montz said the rest of the purchase will be expended from LOST dollars and the general fund.

• The board accepted the resignation of high school math teacher Kate Degner.

• The board approved applying for a 4-year-old state preschool grant.

• The board approved applying for the Race to the Top program.

• The board approved the master contract for teachers, with a 2.7 percent increase in the total package. The increase includes an additional $175 added onto base pay and increases the deductibles from $240 to $500 and $750 to $1,000.

• The board approved to extend contracts to the non-certified staff with a 2.5 percent increase to base pay.

• The board approved the following changes to the high school handbook: Teachers can allow students to use cellphones for academic purposes; students can be dropped from a course as a result of disciplinary action; students must make up assigned performances, whether their absence was excused or unexcused; students have the first five days of a class to drop the course.

 

UPDATED May 25, 2010 11:50 AM

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