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MCSD refreshes technology for new school year

Cunningham tells of adding, replacing laptops, desktops, and iPads at meeting

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County School District is starting the new school year with more than 1,000 new or replaced technology devices.

Director of Information Systems Doug Cunningham spoke during a school board meeting held Thursday evening at the administration building in Lewistown. He provided an update from the technology department.

In his report, he said the district has added or replaced 528 laptops and 594 desktops, and acquired 30 new iPads.

“We owe a big thank you to you guys,” he said, addressing the board.

Cunningham said districts that waited until later in the year to order new devices have not received them yet. Because the school board approved the order in February, MCSD has already received its hardware.

Thursday’s report from the department was about 16 pages long. Some of the projects Cunningham highlighted were streamlined login procedures, new district and school websites, STEM initiatives, upcoming purchases and funding.

Also during the meeting, the board approved:

¯ Resignation of Brenda S. Weston, third grade teacher, Strodes Mills Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year; Michael J. Maclay, learning support teacher, Lewistown Intermediate School; Alice N. Johnson, part-time three-hour cashier at Indian Valley Center, effective Aug. 21; and Ana M. De Souza Clark, part-time three-hour server and dishwasher at IVC, effective Aug. 20.

¯ Hiring of Dr. Rebecca L. Erney, district-wide school psychologist, at a salary of $65,030; Bailey S. Hosterman, speech and language therapist, LIS, $44,552; Joelle L. Gill, learning support teacher, LIS, $44,552; Megan E. Coral, long-term substitute first grade teacher, Lewistown Elementary School, for the school year or less, effective Aug. 20, $43,103; Hattie A. Doggett, three-hour part-time cashier at IVC; and Alex R. Leight, volunteer soccer coach.

¯ Transfer of Christopher R. Miller, custodian at Mifflin County Junior High School and administration building to 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at LES, effective Aug. 20; and Susan D. Guyer, three-hour part-time cashier at LES to four-hour preparer and server at LES, effective Aug. 21.

¯ Removal of Shamere R. Fultz from the cafeteria substitute list, due to other employment, effective Aug. 20.

¯ Teacher mentors for the 2019-2020 school year. Mentors for the full induction program receive a $1,000 stipend; mentors for partial program receive $350.

¯ Curriculum maps for draft implementation for corrections and revisions during the 2019-2020 school year for Family Consumer Science Life 101 and Family Consumer Science Child Development.

¯ Job description for curriculum lead.

¯ Purchase of a truck with Morgan ProScape Box for $57,142, funded through capital reserve.

¯ Purchase of a truck with eight-foot straight snow plow for $45,359, funded through capital reserve.

¯ Purchase of five printers with toner at a cost of $3,563, funded by capital reserve.

¯ Purchase of 10 wireless access points with ceiling grid clips at a cost of $6,668.50.

¯ Review of treasurer reports for July, a listing of bills for payment, review of revenue and expense summaries, and real estate and per capita tax collector report.

¯ Submission of general obligation bond refinancing to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for reimbursement under PlanCon part K.

¯ Exoneration of tax collection on parcel 16, 27-0327-000.

¯ Cafeteria bills and financial report.

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