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Four proposals approved by Dist. U-46 board vote


By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 approved four proposals totaling $1 million at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
  All items will be paid for by the education fund.
  Included was $513,962 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to replace English as a second language textbooks titled “On Our Way to English.” The resources will be used starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
  The proposal called the resource “a comprehensive resource that supports English language development and enhances the rigor and relevance of students’ linguistic and academic development in the Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) at Liberty Elementary as well as the 80:20 Dual Language Program.”
  The board approved two proposals with Dell EMC for 1,500 chromebooks ($451,440) and 20 interactive boards ($33,600).
  According to the proposal for chromebooks, the district redistributed chromebooks to middle and elementary schools this school year after new chromebooks were purchased for secondary math.
  “After the equipment redistribution was completed, schools started experiencing dead batteries on the HP 645 G1 model. This model was purchased in 2014; it is now out of warranty…. While partnering with Instructional leadership to determine and enable future requirements for technology, 1,500 new Chromebooks will alleviate the current state of the HP 645 G1 model equipment and better support instructional time, including interventions,” the proposal stated.
  The interactive boards’ proposal stated that the purchase will replace current equipment that’s five to eight years old.
  The board also approved a one-year contract costing $3,800 a month, $45,600 total, with RJ Gartner Consulting for consultancy regarding telecommunications management.
  “Telecommunication Management for School District U-46 has identified multiple opportunities for improvement,” the proposal stated. “These opportunities mainly include cost reduction and cost avoidance to optimize the telecom spend for the District.”
  The proposal continued that the consultant “will provide supplemental expertise to process, implement and follow up on all telecommunication opportunities already identified and any new areas discovered during the months of services.”

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