Superintendent Braziel said the need to increase technology within the county’s schools, even with reduced spending in other areas, is vital.
“We just met on digital conversion and the steps we need to take to create a digital learning environment and looking for funds. That is a critical need, and having staff to do it,” she said. “Last year we’ve written four grants, but unfortunately we didn’t receive them. We will continue to look for grant funds for technology.”
The school board is slated to approve a final budget for FY14 after it is advertised in The Union-Recorder for two weeks.
“We will continue, like this year, spending wisely and not purchasing things we don’t need and being cautious of the budget,” Braziel said.
In other business, the board:
• approved minutes for the meetings held on April 8, 9 and 24;
• approved personnel recommendations as presented;
• approved the recommendation to dissolve all board committees as presented;
• approved financial reports for the school district and the Early Learning Center (ELC);
• approved the ELC’s FY13-14 Budget Revision for Policy Council approval, Budget Revision Justification and FY12 Budget Revision Details, Transportation Waiver Request Sequestration, Provider Technology Letter and Pre-K Classroom Refurbishment Guidance as presented;
• approved sole source purchase recommendations;
• approved the renewal of the custodial contract with the Budd Group;
• approved field trip recommendations for Baldwin High School NJROTC;
• approved the use of facility request from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office to use the GNETS of Oconee building for the annual Junior Deputy Camp slated the week of June 10;
• approved the use of bus request from the Boys & Girls Club of Baldwin and Jones Counties to transport youth to the Rocket Roller Rink during the summer;
• approved the recommendation for approval of the Perkins IV Program Improvement Grant Local Plan for CTAE; and
• heard the sales and use tax fund report presented by Braziel.
The school board’s next regular meeting is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the board office.
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