LEXINGTON – The Lexington School Board met on Monday, April 9 for it’s scheduled monthly meeting. The board heard from members of the crisis team on the school’s policy, it is accepted resignation and got a list of the new hires for the district.
Teachers Amber Burson, Erica Brockmoller and Audrey Downey gave the board a presentation on crisis team policies in place at the school district. Burson said that the crisis team is called into action in four basic scenarios. In the case of a severe illness or injury; the death of a student or staff member; a natural disaster and a world crisis, such as a war. Burson said that the last situation has become a growing concern for students. Brockmoller and Downey described “lock-down” and “lock-out” situations that the school is prepared for and in which staff have been trained.
Superintendent Dr. John Hakonson reported that Monica Jasper, Jess McHargue, Meggan Messersmith, and Neil Risinger have all resigned for next year. Hakonson recommended contracts for Amber Brown, Josi Bruning, Madison Costello, Erin Hanna, Mikaela Hoxmeier, Melissa Mann, and Amanda Ogden. He said they will not be hiring for new positions, they just want to fill empty positions.
Middle and High Schools students will eventually all be using IPads. Presently, students have been using MacBook Pros. Through negotiations the school was able to secure IPads for a third of the price and it was reported that the technology coordinators at the school feel comfortable with the devises now. The school will lease 850 IPads and 150 MacBook Airs for three years. Hakonson said the school district will save $100,000 over current lease totals in the first year and $187,000 in the second year. Both teachers and administrators were involved in the recommendation.
The school will continue using outside janitorial services for the next three years. Hakonson reported that the numbers just work out better than having the expense of a custodial staff.
It was also discussed, that the elementary staff will begin testing new math books. Rather than just reading through the books, teachers will have an opportunity to use the new text books with students to get a better understanding of how they work.