At Tuesday night's regular board meeting the board approved authorizing the purchase of 150 Chromebooks at a cost not to exceed $50,000. Both Farmers Trust and Savings and Community State Bank have committed to purchasing 30 Chromebooks each through the Spencer Community Foundation as well. Superintendent Terry Hemann tells KICD News the district had a chance to get familiar with the devices this year after 30 Chromebooks were given to three classrooms in the district through Northwest Bank as a part of the initial 90 in the pilot program.
The five paid sets will go to grades 6,7, and 8 with departments in the district able to pitch how they would utilize the devices.
An overview of the district's finances was gone over. Some key figures from 2011-2012 include a 14.31 percent solvency ratio, full-time enrollment of 1,926, and a cash fund balance of over $2.74 million.
The board approved offering an early retirement plan. 28 individuals are eligible. An air conditioning study for the district was approved at a cost of $17,200 and the possibility of a later school start date will be looked into after 50 percent of faculty surveyed indicated they would be in favor of such a move.