Jacksonville BOE votes to purchase nearly 1,500 Apple devices
by Laura Gaddy
May 21, 2013 | 5714 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville City School Board on Monday approved a measure that will allow the system to purchase 1,200 iPads, 200 iPad Mini tablets and 96 MacBooks from Apple, Inc. The measure will further the school district’s goal to issue an iPad to each student in grades four through 12 at the start of the next school year.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Jacksonville City School Board will pay $344,000 each year for the next three years. At the end of the agreement, the devices will belong to the system.

“It’s very important that our students have the tools they need to compete in a global workforce,” Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell said. “We’re going to provide those tools to our students.”

Jacksonville City School officials may also select candidates to fill two administrative job openings as early as next week.

Thursday school officials began recruiting people to fill the Jacksonville High School principal’s position and at Monday’s meeting the school system’s board created a new administrative position. The board also scheduled a special meeting to consider personnel items on May 30, and some officials expect one or both of the positions to be filled then.

“We will hopefully fill both of those positions,” Campbell said. “I really do expect that we will have a significant number of people to apply.”

Campbell said that current Jacksonville High School principal, Mike Newell, who has held his position for about a decade, has not resigned. Campbell said Newell is one of the people that will be considered for the new administrative position, which is director of operations.

The person who fills that position will work, in effect, as a deputy superintendent, Campbell said.

The job description for the director’s position was approved by the board Monday.

Jacksonville City School Board Chairman Mike Poe said the director’s responsibilities will include helping to implement a new technological program, to manage an elementary school construction project and may include assisting the Jacksonville Education Trust.

“We have several special projects coming up in the next few years,” Poe said. “Dr. Campbell is going to need some support.”

The system is now beginning the technological program, officials have already begun procuring money for the planned elementary school and the director may be needed to help the Jacksonville Education Trust with a capital campaign.

Capital campaigns are common in university settings and private school settings, Poe said. “It’s sort of new for public schools to do this,” he said.

Campbell said that as of Monday, one person had sent a letter of interest concerning the high school principal opening.

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.

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