Computers-support and purchase-main agenda of school board

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 1/20/98.

The Paynesville Area School Board approved continuing an agreement with Central Minnesota Computing Center for technology support at its Tuesday afternoon meeting.

The district had a six-month contract at the beginning of the school year with the company. This agreement would extend the contract for another six months, Superintendent Howard Caldwell told the board. ďWe have found the support has been excellent,Ē he added.

A board member asked if this company would replace the computer coordinators at the various building levels. Caldwell replied, no. ďCentral Minnesota Computing Center (CMCC) is here to provide additional support. They will assist in the design, installation, and maintenance of the work stations within the district. The computer coordinators tell Danith Clausen, the district computer coordinator, about computer problems when they occur and she in turn sets up a priority list for CMCC.

ďThe district is in the early stages of technology. We need all the additional support we can get. CMCC gives the staff the computer training and support they need to keep on top of the situation,Ē Caldwell added.

The board approved a proposal to purchase 61 computers and 40 computer carts and auxiliary computer equipment. Six of the computers are IBMs and the remainder are Apple products.

ďWith the purchase of additional computers, there will now be a computer in every classroom for teachers and students to utilize. An in-service will be held on Jan. 19 for teachers to become more computer literate and to help them better understand the Internet,Ē Caldwell told the board.

In other business:
ēThe board approved appointing Dean Hanson to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Larry Fleck effective Feb. 1, through Dec. 31, 1999.

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