School board approves budget and technology agreement

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 06/17/97.

The 1997-98 school budget is up in the air, Superintendent Howard Caldwell informed the Paynesville Area School Board Tuesday night.

ďEverything is very preliminary, as we will have to review the budget again in the fall. Weíll make adjustments once the Legislature decides the status of education funding,Ē he said.

ďWe have included $500,000 for technology at this point and, hopefully, will be able to accomplish our goals in that area. We have set aside a sizable amount for facilities improvements and equipment. We are also looking at $400,000 for curriculum issues,Ē Caldwell added.

In other business:
ēThe board approved a consultant agreement with the Central Minnesota Computer Center (CMCC) for technology support.

Tom Downing and Jim Bollig of CMCC have gone through the school and reviewed the districtís present technology program. They will help the district plan, design and implement future technology projects, such as installing the Internet in the various classrooms throughout the district and connecting the elementary building to the middle school and high school.

Pat Flanders, board member, felt they have already saved the district a lot of money which more than justifies the cost of their contract. ďI see this as a positive step in the right direction,Ē Flanders said.

The board also approved a structured wiring system proposal submitted by Danith Clausen, technology coordinator.

The wiring proposal would connect every building, including the vocational building. ďThe wiring provides flexibility which the district can build upon with future technology projects,Ē Clausen said.

Clausen stressed this was just one phase of the project. Other phases (totaling about $43,000) would be needed before the Internet would be usable. ďWhen planning the wiring proposal, we have taken into consideration the current uses of the classrooms and possible future uses,Ē she added.

ēThe board approved extending the leave of absence for Lorraine Skrypek until Jan. 26, 1998.

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