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Board gives approval to school's iPad purchase
by Liz Marino
January 16, 2013 11:04 AM | 2065 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County Board of Education gave a unanimous nod of approval for the purchase of 30 iPads and teacher devices for Chapel Hill Middle School at its first meeting of 2013 last week.

The purchase will cost $26,799.95, all of which will be paid from funds raised from school activities, said Pam Nail, associate superintendent for student achievement and leadership.

According to Nail, the purchase will allow teachers to check out the iPads so students do not have to wait to get access to a computer.

In other action, board members heard parents and teachers will get the opportunity to provide input into the 2013 through 2016 school system calendars.

Superintendent Gordon Pritz will use this input in recommending the three-year calendar for board approval at the next school board meeting on Jan. 22.

Pritz presented these three final options already taken from parent and teacher input, he explained.

The three proposed calendar choices has been posted on the school system website for voting until Jan. 17.

In other action, the board re-elected Janet Kelley as school board chair and elected Jeff Morris as vice chair.

The board welcomed new District 1 member Carol Lindstrom to her first meeting and elected her as legislative liaison from the board.

Corrine Barnes, a 40-year classroom veteran, was recognized by the board for being featured as an 11 Alive Class Act on Atlanta television station WXIA.

Barnes, who was instrumental in bringing the International Baccalaureate program to Douglas County High School, wears many hats in the Douglas County School System.

“Madame Barnes,” as she is referred to by students, serves as curriculum director of ESOL, gifted, fine arts, International Baccalaureate and foreign language departments for the school system.

“It is a privilege,” said Barnes, “and I’m blessed to work in Douglas County.”

The school board recognized January as National Mentoring Month, and heard a presentation from Mitzi Teal, director of Communities in Schools and the MATCH mentoring program.

This year, 410 students in Douglas County schools were served by 310 active mentors, Teal told the board. This marks an increase of 85 students mentored from last year. Ninety percent of teachers believe mentoring sessions have been beneficial and noted student improvements, she stated.

Douglas County’s mentors will be honored Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the theater at Douglas County High School.

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