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CCSC Board Of Trustees Approves Technology Lease; Latest Students Of Month Honored At April Meeting

by Amanda York
Staff Writer


The Cloverdale students of the month for the high school and middle school were announced at the April meeting of the Cloverdale School Board. Pictured are, left to right: Sincere Gaston, a junior at CHS, and Josh Bennett, a fifth grader at CMS. (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale students of the month for the high school and middle school were announced at the April meeting of the Cloverdale School Board. Pictured are, left to right: Sincere Gaston, a junior at CHS, and Josh Bennett, a fifth grader at CMS. (Staff Photo) With a quorum in attendance, six members of the Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC) Board of Trustees, along with CCSC Superintendent Greg Linton met April 11th in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Center.

After the approval of meeting minutes and claims and financial reports, the board moved on to communications to hear the student of the month presentations.

Middle School

Josh Bennett has been named student of the month at Cloverdale Middle School. Josh is a fifth grader and the son of Regina and Stewart Bennett. He loves both science and math. In the future, Josh would like to attend DePauw University.

Mrs. Fidler said, “Josh Bennett is an excellent student and a polite young man to have in class. As a new student, Josh has adjusted well to Cloverdale Middle School. He always has a positive attitude. Josh’s witty sense of humor has gained him many new friends at school. He is always more than willing to help his teachers or peers in any capacity.

High School

Sincere Gaston, daughter of Angela Gaston, was named student of the month at Cloverdale High School (CHS). Sincere is a junior at CHS and lists her favorite subjects as English and U.S. History. Her future plans are to attend Indiana University and then medical school.

Mrs. Sewell said, “Sincere is just a wonderful young lady that brightens the halls of CHS. She is always smiling, friendly, and kind. I love joking with her. We always have a good laugh together. She is also a great student who is a pleasure to have in class. She works very hard and gives her best efforts. She is also taking the nursing class at Area 30 and is doing very well in this class. She will be an awesome nurse one day!”

After the student of the month presentations, the board moved on to hear a technology lease presentation from Mr. Linton. In the presentation, board members were given information on the purpose for increasing student access, a review of the current equipment, proposed infrastructure upgrades, equipment request, the total cost of the technology upgrade, the terms of the proposed lease, a budget time line, and lease payments.

Infrastructure upgrades will include an additional 15 wireless access points at Cloverdale Elementary School (CES) and CMS and an increased bandwidth, from 30MB to 200MB, to improve speed and reliability. Five Star replaced switches and upgraded other infrastructure needs in the summer of 2015.

Equipment requested includes one cart of iPads for kindergarten, one cart of Chromebooks per grade level for grades one through eight, and one cart of Chromebooks for the high school math department.

The cost of the technology upgrade is $142,240.30 for the iPads and Chromebooks, $30,906.00 for a three-year agreement with Learning Management System (LMS), companies that provide the service of curriculum materials as storage in the cloud, $7,2000 for the increased bandwidth and $16,907.50 for the increased wireless access, for a grand total of $200,705.98.

The terms of the lease, secured through First National Bank of Cloverdale, is three years with annual payments of $48,564.16. The first payment is due at signing and the fixed interest rate is 2.44 percent.

The budget time line is $80,704.66 in 2016-2017, and $60,000.16 in 2017- 2018 and 2018-2019. Student technology fees will not be increased for the 2016- 2017 school year. Lease payments will be made from the general fund student fees, capital projects for infrastructure elements, school technology fund, and textbook rental fund.

Four board members in attendance voted to approve the technology lease with two abstaining due to their employment with First National Bank of Cloverdale.

The board also heard a Dollars for Scholars update from board member Vivian Whitaker. According to Whitaker, $25,400 was awarded to 20 CHS seniors and one CHS alumnus in 2015. To date, $312,400 has been awarded to 371 CHS graduates. This year, Cloverdale FFA Alumni Association will award three $500 scholarships. The FFA’s fund started with $5,000 and has grown by $1,060 to date.

During the recent fifth annual phone-a-thon, 40 student callers participated, including five who worked two shifts and one who worked all four shifts. Those students generated $14,622 in pledges. As of April 11th, $15,307 had been received with an additional $2,214 in outstanding pledges still due.

For 2016, a minimum of 24 scholarships totaling $25,750 to CHS seniors and a CHS graduate will be awarded.

In other business, the board approved a donation to the Clovers Care Hygiene Pantry. Summer school was set for May 31 through June 17, and the board approved one elementary certified teaching position and one classified teach position for IREAD 3 for the summer school session. Two high school certified teaching positions were also approved for the summer school session.

Several professional leave, field trip, and facility use requests were also approved.

In the final piece of business, the board approved the following personnel items:

Coaching/Hiring/Volunteer

•Shawn Mattingly, CHS junior varsity baseball coach.

•Mike Rossock, CHS volunteer varsity assistant baseball coach.

•Scott Atwood, CHS volunteer assistant track coach.

•Brad Stevens, CMS volunteer baseball coach.

•Carl Meek, CMS volunteer baseball coach.

Board members Donna Fidler, Daniel Hofmann, Duane Huge, Christopher Mann, Bobbi Nees, Rob Schroer, and Vivian Whitaker will meet again on Monday, May 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building, located on East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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