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Brady freshmen to get iPads in August

To better keep up with changing technology, Brady school freshmen will get iPads when they return to classes in the fall.

Students have had school-issued laptop computers for the past few years as part of a one-to-one initiative.

Brady school board members learned at their April 10 meeting that the technology committee recommended the purchase plus cases in which to store them.

Laptops, that had been used by freshmen during the past school year, will be used by junior high students next fall.

The cost of 20 iPads and cases is $8,160.

To better mirror what other schools the size of Brady pay, the school board approved a 13% salary increase for the high school principal.

The action followed a closed session.

Dana Reinke, who’s been the principal at Brady school for a year, will receive $75,710 during the 2014-2015 school year.

In related action, the board also raised kitchen staff wages to follow a change in positions. An assistant cook replaced the head cook and a dishwasher became an assistant cook, according to superintendent Bill Porter.

The hours for two teaching positions will increase because more at-risk students need electives.

Teaching time for both the art and industrial technology teachers will increase from .75 to .875 full-time equivalent. The teachers don’t instruct full time or receive full benefits.

The board also learned from Porter that, with a 2.3% increase in insurance and salary schedule movement, teaching staff costs would increase approximately $29,327 next year. This increase is before teacher negotiations are settled.

School for the 2014-15 school year will change back to five days instead of four with an 8 a.m. start and 3:51 p.m. dismissal with board approval of the 2014-15 calendar.

Friday dismissal will be at 2:46 p.m.

Classes will begin on Aug. 14 and end May 14, the latter depending on whether in-service days for teachers are added.

Board members also increased the number of teacher contract days from 176 to 182 days because of the addition of days.

On another matter, the board learned of Porter’s recommendation regarding the use of school vehicles for summer use by students in activities.

Porter recommends that each team can use the school van or Suburban to attend a team camp.

In other action, the board:

decided to hire three part-time high school or college students, at minimum wage and 184 hours each, to help clean and maintain the school and grounds. Porter has budgeted about $4,000 for summer help.

heard that the school, and perhaps the Brady School Foundation, will pay motel room fees and plane fare for Autumn Hild, who qualified for National FCCLA competition, and teacher Patty Cordell, who will accompany her. They will travel to San Antonio, TX, in July. The cost will be about $3,000.

learned that recommendations have been made to help the heat exchanger work properly.

became aware that state and federal grant money used to teach high-ability learners would be used within the school system and not given to Educational Service Unit 16 for programs.

was told that a National Honor Society event raised $1,827 to fund leukemia research.

was informed that Apple television sets bought with an Applegate grant did not work with school projectors. As a result, the school will need 11 new projectors.

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