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School tech usage to be reviewed

Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:32 PM

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The Hernando County School Board's computer software and hardware costs totaled $1,571,403 over an 8-month period, according to an executive summary to be presented at the school board's Tuesday meeting

The district's instructional and administrative use of technology from July 2012 through February 2013 will be reviewed for informational purposes with no specified action requested of the board, and shows instructional use of technology costing a total of $871,918, and administrative costs totaling $699,485.

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Also at next Tuesday's meeting: a list of 87 new volunteers is scheduled for a vote of approval. The list includes former Circuit Clerk of Court Karen Nicolai, who retired in 2012, and supported her successor and current Clerk of Courts Don Barbee.

Hernando High School also is requesting $19,580 to purchase Advanced Placement, or AP, exams costing $89 each for the school's 220 students enrolled in AP courses.

During a Feb. 19 school board meeting, the board also passed unanimously a motion to approve a $55,616 purchase for Springstead to obtain Advanced Placement exams from The College Board, and to issue a purchase order in that amount.

Springstead High School Principal Susan Duval is requesting the school board to approve $3,523.20 for two students on the school's DECA Team to participate at the 67th annual DECA International Career Development Conference April 23-28 in Anaheim, Calif.

The two students will be accompanied by two adult chaperones if allowed to compete against other nationally qualified competitors, where their knowledge of marketing, sales, and business strategy will be tested, according to an executive summary drafted by vocational business education teacher Timothy Plumadore, who added that the experience will have a lasting impact on the students' academic and personal lives.

Director of Exceptional Student Education Cathy Dofka is also asking the school board to approve a 2012-13 consultant agreement for deaf/hard of hearing interpreting service provider Sharon Armstrong to continue to provide services for students with disabilities at a cost of $20,000.

The sum would be paid for with a Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant, and would allow the district to continue to provide the necessary services at an hourly rate substantially less than other contracted agencies, according to the executive summary.

The agreement would be an update to Armstrong's initial agreement for 2012-13, which has a cap of $14,999, the summary shows. (352) 544-5271

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