UVCC approves $39K for tech supplies

Chromebooks, licenses, printers included

By Amy Barger - [email protected]

PIQUA — During the Upper Valley Career Center Board of Education meeting on Monday, the board approved the purchase order of $39,335 to Global Gov/Ed Solutions Inc. for technology supplies for students.

The funds will cover the cost of 70 Chromebooks, 70 Chrome OS management licenses, three HP cloud printers for Bradford, Newton, and Covington AG satellite programs. Part of the cost is covered by a Monsanto grant for $10,000, and $16,514 is from the ABLE grant fund, which will cover Sidney and Troy student Chromebook devices and carts.

“These devices will increase student and teacher access, which is critical to meet online testing and curricula requirements,” said Superintendent Dr. Nancy Luce.

Board President Andy Hite asked members for volunteers to be on the Treasurer Search Committee consisting of staff and board members. Former Treasurer Paul Carpenter resigned from his position earlier this month and there is a need to fill the position.

Those interested in the position should contact Tom Dunn, superintendent of the Miami County Educational Services Center, located at 2000 W. Stanfield in Troy. Applications for the treasurer’s position are due on or before Monday, Oct. 5.

Executive Director Jason Haak and Career Tech Supervisor Roger Voisard informed the board on the increasing numbers in the Construction Trades programs and also discussed possible capstone projects. The program now has 24 students, an increase of 17 from last year.

“We are still discussing options (for capstone projects) and will be working with our program advisory members in October to finalize some ideas,” Luce said.

The Career Center released a resolution to approve the advertising and receiving of bids for the purchase of a school bus. The resolution stated that UVCC “wishes to participate and authorize the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council to advertise and receive bids on said Board’s behalf … ”

“In order to take advantage of consortium bidding, we received approval from the Board to participate with other districts in the educational purchasing consortium to request information from vendors about costs of school vehicles,” Luce said. “At this point, we do not have any cost estimates. Several of our vehicles are nearing the end of their useful life, so we want to make sure we are planning ahead for replacements.”

Other happenings during the meeting include:

• Hite appointed a nominating committee for 2016 board officer positions.

• The Cornerstone will be open for lunch beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7. The restaurant is in operation most Wednesdays through Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The board approved of the following:

• The Alternate Resident Educator Tuition Reimbursement plan.

• Donations from: City of Piqua, Power Distribution, donating control cabinet(s) and accessory equipment; and Crown Equipment, donating 6,100 pounds of scrap shear metal.

• FFA students from each school to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The total cost including registration, travel, meals, lodging, and tours for instructors is not to exceed $5,280. The total cost to support the potential for eight national student qualifiers will not exceed $1,600.

• The Clinical Affiliation Agreements between Upper Valley Career Center and Koester Pavilion and Heartland of Piqua for clinical opportunities for med tech students.

Chromebooks, licenses, printers included

By Amy Barger

[email protected]

Reach reporter Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340 or on Twitter @The Daily Call.

Reach reporter Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340 or on Twitter @The Daily Call.