Manila School Board welcomes computer science and EAST students

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Manila High School students in the computer science and EAST classes presented projects at the Manila School Board meeting held Feb. 21.

Computer science students demonstrated an app they developed for a state-wide contest. The app won first place, out of 1,800 entries, in the state of Arkansas. The app allows students to send messages to the school counselor.

Presenting the app to the board were Hunter Hawkins, Conner Cole, Nadia Brown, McKenzie Owens, Jacob Hallett and Sawyer Crowell. Denny Campbell is a member of the team but was unable to attend the meeting.

Computer science teachers Tonia Eubanks and Gerri McCann accompanied the student presenters.

Representing EAST students, Andrew Vassar demonstrated an electric car built by an EAST team. The car will be entered in a competition to be held May 12. Christy Woody, EAST instructor, commented the students had worked hard researching the distance and speed the car will travel on a single battery charge to prepare for the race.

The board, with a 7-0 approval vote, allowed the presentation of a change order for the new high school building. Superintendent Pam Castor discussed the upgrade of technology from 3 gig to 10 gig as part of the change. The 10 gig would also be run to the elementary. The technology in the high school would also include four hard wired technology labs in addition to the wireless access. The total cost of the technology upgrades will be $141,414.

"By installing a 10 gigabit LAN network in the new Manila High School we are not only planning for today's technology but also for the new technologies created by future generations," Jason Baltimore, Manila District technology director, said. "Technology has changed the way our students learn. We are seeing more and more new Cloud based educational software applications that require bandwidth for streaming. Our new high school network will be prepared for these advances for many years to come."

In other business the board:

*approved the 2017-2018 school calendar.

*approved policies for the 2017-2018 school year as presented by Superintendent Castor.

*approved the renewal of administrator contracts for the 2017-2018 school year on the recommendation of Superintendent Castor.

*accepted the resignation of Manila Middle School counselor Trena Shedd.

*discussed upgrades to the football field and gym which will be continued at the March meeting.

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