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Technology meeting planned for BOE 489

6/15/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

Daughter of the late Wilbur Demanett

The Hays USD 489 Board of Education has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer board room in Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th, to consider technology infrastructure bids.

The board and staff members discussed district technology as well as wired and wireless infrastructure at last month's board retreat.

The school district has approximately 3,400 laptops/desktops and 400 iPads in its network, according to technology director Brian Drennon.

"Current infrastructure cannot support all of the devices used at each school," according to information Drennon presented at the retreat.

"The thing is, our infrastructure is at the place right now that a moron could walk through the door and figure out, 'Hey, we've got problems and need to do some stuff here,' " said board member Lance Bickle.

Technology problems at Hays High School became the norm rather than the exception, Hays High principal Marty Straub said.

"You've got an aging technology," Roosevelt Elementary School principal Lee Keifer said. "I'm not an expert in it, but you're going to have breakdowns."

"I think the most concerning thing is that loss of instructional time," curriculum director Shanna Dinkel said.

"It's at the point now this stuff is needed ... It needs to be replaced," Bickle said.

The 2014-15 capital outlay budget estimated expenditures includes $196,290 as a possible expense for computer software and operating system upgrades.

Capital outlay money can be spent primarily for building new and remodeling existing facilities, and technology purchases.

If the board accepts a technology bid Monday night, orders will be finalized with the vendor June 23, and delivery of equipment is due July 9.

The previously scheduled work session will follow the meeting.

Discussion topics for the work session include:

* A budget overview from Superintendent Dean Katt and Tracy Kaiser, finance director.

* Discussion of a transportation strategic plan.

* The Learning Center program and budget review by TLC director Anita Scheve.

* Review board reorganization to occur in July.