PBL foundation awards grants to teachers
PAXTON — PBL district teachers have been awarded grants totaling $21,319 — including $18,000 to be used to help buy 68 iPads — from the PBL Education Foundation.
In a joint effort with the district, $18,000 in "tech grants" was awarded toward the $28,000 total cost of buying 18 iPads for the third grade, 12 for the fourth grade, 18 for the fifth grade and 20 for the seventh grade.
In other business:
— The board approved a policy regarding Internet access by students while at school. The policy requires all junior high and high school students to sign in before they can access PBL's Internet network, whether they are using their own Internet device or the district's. The students also may only use the Internet for educational purposes. There are other restrictions, as well.
— Superintendent Cliff McClure reported that the installation of surveillance equipment at all four of the district's schools would begin in July. Also to take place in July: the repair of asphalt and the reconditioning of gymnasiums.
— The board approved seeking bids for milk and bread for the 2014-15 school year and seeking proposals for waste services for 2014-15. Bids and proposals for both services are due July 18.
— The board accepted a bid of $3.349 per gallon from Ken's Oil Service of Forrest for the company to provide diesel fuel for the district's buses.