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Revere board selling outdated technology

3/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

During the March 20 meeting, the Revere Local Schools Board of Education approved deleting unneeded items from the district’s inventory.

This included removing from the inventory 13 handheld digital voice recorders sold on eBay. The Olympus WS-300M devices were sold to a buyer in Oklahoma for $47 each and shipped Jan. 30, according to inventory control forms.

The board also noted that Technology Coordinator Ryan Lekan has requested that all Palm handheld organizers be removed from inventory, with a list of 102 items acquired by the district mostly between 2003 and 2006.

A note from technology support staff Laura Bell stated they will attempt to sell a couple of them on eBay as well. Adaptors and cables needed to charge most of the Palms cannot be located, she added.

In other business, the board accepted donations, including $50 toward the Patrick Alfieri Lives Scholarship and $1,700 from Bath Volunteers for Service. Equipment donations included 12 control balls and 24 wiffle balls for the softball team, a heavy bag to be used by the baseball team for its batting stations and a guitar for the middle school music department, to be used toward the development of a student guitar ensemble.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a resolution to participate in the Ohio Schools Council Program (OSC) for advertising and receiving bids for waste and recycling services for 2012-15.

“There are a number of services we use OSC for,” noted Treasurer David Forrest.

The OSC will advertise the project in April, accept bids and expects to award a contract in May, said Kevin Matowitz, coordinator of business services for the district.

The board also approved a renewal lease agreement with Pitney Bowes for its digital postal meter system at $120 per month. Forest said there was no price increase from the previous contract.

In addition, the board approved an agreement with Nason Landscaping Inc. for the 2012-13 fiscal year at a maximum cost of $25,349 for maintaining grass, shrubbery beds, trees and woody ornamentals. The board’s action will allow the district to use the landscapers on an as-needed basis, according to Matowitz.

In personnel items, the board approved the retirement of Cecile Bard, intervention instruction assistant at Revere High School, effective Aug. 1.

However, the board held off on approving two personnel items. They will vote on a list of a dozen administrator two-year contracts of employment as well as a list containing 14 administrators for stipends in lieu of base salary increases during a special meeting March 27, they said. The stipends are for the 2012-13 contract year and range from $240 for a 2/5 contract employee to $1,000, according to the board’s agenda.

In other news, Superintendent Randy Boroff warned about changing report cards for Ohio school districts. As the state is moving to an A through F scale for evaluation, the standards to receive an “A” rating are very high, he said.

Many districts that received the highest rating in the state are “B” districts, based on last year’s data, he said.

“The community has to be ready to potentially see a ‘B’” for Revere, he added.

Boroff also noted earlier that day the high school was evacuated due to a smoke incident in the Main Office. An empty bird’s nest had clogged one of the air conditioning units, and there was no damage to the building, he said.

Student honors and recognition at the meeting included:

• the cast of “Oklahoma!,” who will host performances March 29-31 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Revere High School Auditorium;

• the high school Academic Challenge Team, led by teacher adviser Jeff Fry;

• Governor’s Show and Scholastic Art Awards students, recognized by teachers Bob Pierson and Paulette Colantone;

• the Mock Trial Team, led by teacher adviser Ellen Friery; and

• the high school Science Olympiad Team, led by teacher adviser Jeff Shane.

The Revere school board will meet for a work session April 3 in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road. The next regular meeting will be April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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