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Board purchases CAD program, computers

Hoping to enhance the industrial technology program, the Brady school board voted Monday night to spend nearly $11,500 on seven computer- aided design (CAD) software programs and seven Dell laptop computers to run them.

Board members discussed at length the cost and necessity of adding new machines for the CAD programs.

The design software is not recommended to operate on Macintosh computers which the district purchased for all high school students last year.

Principal Bruce Hird and superintendent Bill Porter explained that any PCs remaining in the building are either in use in other curriculum areas or too old to run the CAD program.

The PC laptops will be used exclusively by CAD students, Porter said, and will be paid for with Rural Education Achievement Program grant funds.

In other action, school board members approved an exception to the district’s Wednesday night activities policy to allow the one-act play cast to practice past 6:30 p.m. on three Wednesdays during October.

There are 21 students in the play and all of them are also out for sports which limits their practice time in preparation for competition.

Porter assured the board that students will still have time to attend church-related activities on Wednesdays if they wish.

“I’m amazed by Brady kids,” Hird said. “They are performers. We need to give them opportunities to enhance those skills.”

In other business, the school board:

gave administrators authority to allow work release for senior students who have enough credits to graduate on a case-by-case basis rather than formulating a policy.

discussed cooperation with Mid-Plains Community College for a Career Academy program. With career exploration and college credit courses already offered in Brady, implementation of the program could flow smoothly with the addition of job shadow opportunities.

learned bookkeeper Ashley Lydic has asked to drop to part-time employment, keeping the financial responsibilities of the district but not her additional duties. Another part-time employee will be hired to cover those tasks.

approved spending $1,800 for wiring and supplies to install a pottery kiln on the second level of the industrial tech work space. Art teacher Kelley Dachtler has the kiln and pottery wheels but no space in the art room to use them.

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