IW school board to consider accepting safety grant

Published 10:28 am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ISLE OF WIGHT—The Isle of Wight County School Board will consider whether or not to accept an $86,000 state grant to bolster security in five county schools.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the county courthouse. A work session is set for 5 p.m. The money would be used to get cameras and rear-door access points for Hardy, Westside and Windsor elementary schools, as well as Smithfield and Windsor high schools.

The condition of acceptance is that the school system must match $25,000.

Should the board give permission, the finance staff would ask the county’s Board of Supervisors to allow the schools to use $36,000 in the capital budget.

In other scheduled school business:

• There will be an update later that evening of the Safety and Crisis Plan for the division. This will include an overview of a committee meeting and division manual.

• Laura Able, assistant superintendent, will present the current pupil/teacher ratio to the board for the division.

• Anthony Hinds, manager of Financial Services and Procurement will dispose of IT assets that have little to no value. This was already OK’d by the board. He was able to find someone to take the 10-year-old E-Macs out of storage at no charge.

• The board will be asked to start a P-Card pilot program in the high schools. This will be only for student activity funds. No impact on the budget is expected.

• Tammie Rollins-Hines will talk about the new Instructional Leader of the Year criteria that will be effective on the board’s approval.

• Ron Reese, director of student services, will give an update on the collection of athletic and parking fees.

• The board is looking to have a joint meeting the supervisors in early November. The date, time and location are also still to be determined.