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Grinnell school board OKs technology expenditures for district

The Grinnell-Newburg School District Board of Directors approved nearly $190,000 for a technology upgrade that will bring most of the computers in the school district up-todate.

According to J.T. Anderson, business manager for the district, the board approved an expenditure of $189,892 that will upgrade computers at all the schools except Davis Elementary, which had been upgraded in the recent past.

This move completes a process that has been studied for some time by school district personnel. In other business, Anderson presented the line item budget to the board for the upcoming year.

“This year, our revenues are expected to exceed our expenditures,” Anderson said, adding that the proposed budget can be located on the Grinnell-Newburg School District web site at

In other action, the school board approved an amendment to the agenda adding back a fourth grade general education position. Along the same lines, the board

• Approved 5.8 FTE paraeducator positions

• Approved recalling five paraeducators, including Abby Allen, Lisa Arment, Shawntell Osten, Michelle Pollock and Nicole Routier.

According to Anderson, the five paraeducators were the first five to be called back following the budget cuts, but may turn down the request because of other opportunities.

The board also

• Approved the first reading of the 400 series of policies which include: the role and guiding principles for employees, equal employment opportunity, employee travel compensation, employee political activity, employee orientation, child abuse reporting, and public complaints about employees.

• Approved staff handbooks and a district curriculum handbook. At a special school meeting called for Friday, Aug. 14, the board approved personnel offers to

• Deven Horras, MS FC S teacher; Kristin Allen, 4th grade teacher; Jennifer Williams, paraeducator; and Ila Willis, paraeducation.

The board also approved awarding a bid to repair and renovate the north press box at Grinnell High School to Beck Construction for $14,500. The repairs and renovation are funded y the Booster Club and from activity account funds.




UPDATED August 18, 2009 1:50 PM

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