April 4, 2016
The Board of Education tonight began a process that will ultimately provide computers, laptops or tablets to most students and promises to transform the way education is delivered at Mayfield over the next three years.
Board members unanimously approved the Investment Plan for allocating the remaining funds - $257,630 - from the state's $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act allocation. The Smart Schools Committee approved the Investment Plan on March 29. Read the committee's minutes here (PDF).
The board will hold a public hearing on the Investment Plan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in the high school auditorium. The hearing will be held at the same time at the 2016-17 budget hearing.
"We want to use these funds to make opportunities available for our students," said Superintendent Jon Peterson. "We used part of the funds in the capital project but sought to dedicate the remaining funds to putting electronic learning devices (for example, laptops, Chromebooks or tablets) in most of our students' hands."
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The District Technology Committee will work out the details involving the type of equipment, design the instructional plan for the devices and the three-year acquisition and implementation plan.
Peterson said this is a broad outline of the phase-in plan as an example:
Students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive the devices and all teachers will receive the devices. There will be a total of 309 devices purchased, including 10 percent as spares.
The grade 4 devices will be outfitted on carts; the grades 7 and 10 devices will come with cases.
Estimated cost: $102,131
Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will receive the devices. There will be a total of 231 devices, including 10 percent as spares.
The grade 5 devices will be outfitted on carts; the grades 8 and 11 devices will come with cases.
Estimated cost: $78,029
Students in grades 6, 9 and 12 will receive the devices. There will be a total of 231 devices, including 10 percent as spares.
The grades 6, 9 and 12 devices will come with cases.
Estimated costs: $77,469
TOTAL BUDGET $257,629
Here is a timeline for the project:
April 4: BOE preliminary approval of plan
April 5-May 4: Post Plan on website for public review and comment
May 10: 7 p.m., high school auditorium, Public Hearing to present plan
May (To Be Determined): Smart Schools Committee meets as needed to revise plan based on community suggestions
May 10 (or (To Be Determined)): BOE Final Plan approval
May 11 (or (To Be Determined)): Submit Letter of Intent to SED
May 11 (or (To Be Determined)): Complete SED Portal Requirements
June 15: SED Review Board takes action on Mayfield's plan
June 16: We Celebrate or Revise and Resubmit
Many thanks to the Smart Schools Committee!
Peterson thanked the members of the Smart Schools Committee:
Abbey Andrews-Leise, Student
Jennifer Andrews-Leise, Parent
Tom Armstrong, Student
Nick Criscone, Principal
Barry Hampton, Community member
Julie Handy, Parent
Morgan Handy, Student
Tonya Moore, Parent
Sally Morehouse, Parent
Sarah Morehouse, Student
Rachel Mykel, Parent
Brandon Nash, Student
Suzanne Nash, Parent
Sandy Sturchio, Teacher
Tony Sturchio, Community member
Chris Wojeski, Principal