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6/12/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast school board approves computer purchase

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

Laptop computers are coming for students in grades 9 and 10 at Northeast Community High School after the school board June 5 approved a three-year lease agreement for 255 Lenovo computers at a cost of $130,600.80.

The purchase is part of the expansion of the district's 1:1 computer program to all high school grades after implementing it for juniors and seniors during the recently-completed school year.

The district currently has 160 laptops for students in grades 11 and 12.

Under the agreement, Northeast will make three annual payments of $46,683.26 and may purchase the equipment at the end of the lease term for $1.

Board approves bond issue paperwork

The board approved four resolutions related to the $7.5 million bond issue for the gym and science classroom addition.

The first resolution was for the appointment of Bankers Trust Co. of Des Moines as paying agent, bond registrar and transfer agent and authorizing the execution of the transfer agreement.

A second resolution approved the tax exemption certificate for the governmental bonds.

A third resolution approved the district's financial disclosure certificate for reporting of information related to the bond issue.

The final resolution was to amend a May 22 resolution regarding issuance of the bonds.

Northeast superintendent Jim Cox was unsure what specific language was being amended from the original, and the new resolution did not specifically identify the changes.

The bonds are being purchased by FTN Financial Markets of Memphis, Tenn. Northeast is scheduled to close on the transaction June 18. Northeast will pay an average interest rate of 2.63 percent on the 20-year bonds.

Personnel changes

The board approved four personnel resignations and two coaching appointments.

Resignations were accepted from:

•Cindy Schmidt, high school administrative assistant. Schmidt has worked for the district for 30 years.

•Amanda Eberhart, middle school business teacher, FBLA advisor, SADD advisor and secretary of the Northeast Community Foundation.

Cox said Eberhart has taken a position with the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton.

•Joel Allen, high school social studies teacher.

•Devin Hardin, elementary special education teacher.

Coaching appointments were Travis Eversmyer as assistant varsity football coach and Brenda McCone as volunteer coach for middle school softball.

Other business

In other business, the board approved renewal rates for the district health insurance program.

A third plan option with a $5,000 deductible has been added to the existing plans with $500 and $1,000 deductibles.

Cox said the plan was added to meet regulations related to the Affordable Care Act.

Rates for the Co-pay 500 plan are $580.23 for a single policy and $1,389.21 for a family policy. Rates for the Co-pay 1,000 plan are $537.47 and $1,286.84, and rates for the HDHP 5,000 plan are $333.24 and $797.87.

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