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Revere board approves new AV equipment

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

During the Aug. 27 Revere Local Schools Board of Education meeting, members approved the purchase of new audiovisual equipment for high school students with a vote of 5-0.

The equipment will replace the outdated technology the school is currently using, according to district officials.

“This equipment is the same as what several TV studios are using today,” said Treasurer David Forrest. “It will help give our kids an idea of what it’s like to work at a real TV station in the real world.”

High School Principal Phillip King seconded how important this technology is for the school district.

“Right now, it’s taking students a significant amount of time to complete simple projects due to the fact that our technology is so outdated,” King said. “With this new technology, they will be able to complete projects in a fraction of the time, and do things that just aren’t possible with what they’re using now.”

The equipment will be purchased from Northeast Projections Inc. and is not to exceed $85,000. The school will pay for the equipment using funds from the Permanent Improvement Fund.

Board members debated about what features to include in the package, including instant replay feature and high-definition ability. In the end, it was decided that both features were not necessary at this time, but may be considered for purchase in the future.

Students will use the new equipment to film the morning announcements, concerts, sporting events and much more throughout the school year, according to district officials.

The new technology is expected to be delivered to the high school within about six weeks.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the purchase of three 72-passenger buses for the school district from Rush North Coast International Harvester with a vote of 5-0. Each bus will cost $78,963 and will be paid for using funds from the Permanent Improvement Fund;
  • approved the annual Washington, D.C., trip for the eighth-grade class with a vote of 5-0. The trip will be taken June 2-4 and is contingent on national security at that time;
  • was updated on the 2013 State Report Card for the district. Revere Local Schools received grades of A or B in seven out of the nine areas measured and a Performance Index of 109, one of the highest in the area, according to district officials. The areas that scored the lowest were measured progress for students with disabilities and others with low math and reading scores. [See related story in the Aug. 29, 2013, issue, or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

“I’m very happy with this report,” said Superintendent Boroff. “Of course, we need to figure out how to improve in those areas where we scored the lowest, but overall I’m pleased with where we’re at now.”

The board will meet for a special meeting Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road, and for its regular meeting Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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