The Hays USD 489 school board will take a further step in planning for a third bond proposal in forming a committee when it meets Monday.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer Board Room of the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th.
At Monday’s meeting, the board will establish parameters for the committee that will design bond options for the board and form the committee.
The board also will hear about a study on using Chromebooks in the classroom.
A narrative in the agenda suggests focusing on the middle and elementary schools and the Learning Center. The board recently approved new Dell Latitudes for the high school’s student devices, which they will use for four years.
The narrative recommends 15 Chromebooks for The Learning Center, 25 for elementary levels and 30 for the middle school. The study recommends Chromebooks comparable to devices already in use by students, with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 32 gig hard drive for the elementary and middle school devices, which also would have touch-screens. A protective case would be purchased for each unit.
At least three teachers would need to be trained, with online training recommended for the timeline and budget for the 2018-19 school year. The online training would have a fee of $570, with the staff pay for training time at $184.
Other fees would include Google’s K-12 account at $397 and a $25 one-time setup fee for each computer.
The cost per Chrome Book would be $240 for The Learning Center and $280 for the elementary and middle schools. In comparison, the Dell Latitudes cost $395 each.
The total cost for the study would be $22,543.
Also on Monday’s agenda:
• Renewal of the district’s property/casualty insurance carrier for 2018-19. The renewal quote from the Kansas Educational Risk Management Pool is $129,454, an increase of $4,700 over last year for the property/casualty insurance.
• Renewal of worker’s compensation insurance carriers. The administration recommends a quote from United Heartland for $124,201 — $8,473 less than its premium last year. Midwest Insurance also submitted a quote for $151,430.
• Review of 2918-19 capital outlay plan.
• Approval of student handbook revisions.
• Approval of transferring funds from the general fund to the contingency fund.