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Warren board approves Chromebooks for every student

The Warren Local Schools Board of Education discussed Chromebooks and graduation at a special meeting Wednesday evening.

Melcie Wells, district treasurer, said the goal is to have Chromebooks for all elementary students.

“We have funds to go ahead and purchase those,” she said.

More than 500 Chromebooks will be purchased at a price of $218 plus a $24 license fee each. The total will be more than $126,000.

“We’ve been anticipating and making plans now for quite a while about technology and buying Chromebooks,” Wells added. “We’re kind of waiting to see what the state was going to do to us funding-wise, as we’re toward the end of the fiscal year. I do believe we have the funds to go ahead and make the purchase.”

There will be 491 Chromebooks available at the elementary level, with 30 available at the middle school level. Middle school students will also be getting a Chromebook through grant funding.

“We’re trying to use grant funds s much as we can, but this will be out of the general fund,” Wells noted.

As part of her treasurer’s report, she discussed two transfers of $200,000 each. The first $200,000 will be set aside for capital projects and maintenance, while the second $200,000 will be set aside in a ‘rainy day fund.’

She said they are trying to be fiscally responsible by putting the $200,000 in a budget reserve that is set aside.

“It doesn’t restrict it,” she explained. “This sets it aside in the general fund and gives some stabilization…peace of mind to know that we have that set aside in case of another state budget cut.”

In other board of education news:

• Superintendent Kyle Newton said area health departments will make the decision about where to hold graduation after they get the newest orders from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

The seven area superintendents are meeting with health departments and legal services about graduation, he said. Warren’s graduation is scheduled for July 31.

It isn’t just graduation that is being discussed. Details about the start of school are still up in the air.

“The health department is in the draft stage of when school can start,” Newton said.

• An auction will be held by Fouss Auction and Appraisal of Vienna for anything left behind in Warren and Little Hocking elementary schools,which are now permanently closed as the district transitions to a single campus. No date for the auction has been set yet, but the auction will be online.

• The next board of education meeting will be 6 p.m. July 27 at the administration office.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Chromebooks to be purchased for students in K-4.

• Auction will be held for anything left at the two closed elementary schools.

• Warren’s graduation is scheduled for July 31.

• Next meeting will be 6 p.m. July 27 at the administration office.

Source: Warren Local Schools.

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