Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 06, 2013 @ 1:54AM
Created on February 05, 2013 @ 11:00PM
It was a long one for the Harrison County Board of Education Tuesday night. They first met with legislators for a roundtable discussion before moving into their regular meeting. During that meeting, the board found out an anonymous donor will be changing the way schools do their work.
They'll be getting the largest donation from a private source they've ever seen. It's going to cost around $2 million to buy Liberty High School and Mountaineer Middle School a total of 373 Apple MacBook computers, 1,287 Apple iPads and 413 Apple iMacs. The cost will also include other equipment, training and managed services.
Both schools will become Apple centers, and the devices will be compatible with each other, making for no-hassle assignments. The current computers will be installed at other schools. We may find out who the anonymous donor is once everything is approved.
Once a year, before legislators head to Charleston, the board likes to meet with them to talk about what our schools need. Members stressed funding for more secure school entrances and making sure there's money available to keep Prevention Resource Officers in them.
They also want more to be done about truancy. A second grader missed 40 days of school which had officials questioning how they're supposed to learn basic skills. The board seems to agree that more needs to happen to the parents who are responsible. They also asked for help matching the School Building Authority's funds to make schools more secure. The projected budget deficit for this year is $424 million. Board members said they understand the difficult task at hand so they were sure to stress what needs the most attention.
"We have to come to our legislators and convince them the needs of the school system whether it be the needs for more counselors, more attention to the truancy problem that we have. It's up to them to decide what tax increases or where the money comes from. We have to be prepared to support them in those tax increases if that's what it takes," explained Board President Mike Queen.
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