New boundaries set

First Posted: 8/3/2009

DOBSON The new boundary lines to accommodate the addition of elementary schools in the central and Pilot Mountain districts were officially set at Monday nights Surry County Schools Board of Education meeting.
The maps showing the redistricting have been on display at the central office for the past month. Board members and administrators said they have heard from very few people regarding the new lines. One parent was concerned about the change the redistricting would have on the demographic make-up of the schools in the central district. However, administrators said the lines were redrawn with demographic make-up in mind.
The finalized versions of the maps are available at the central office and in the board agenda posted on the county schools Web site,, for Mondays meeting.
The board also approved a master lease agreement with Dell to start the process of acquiring laptops for the 1:1 initiative. By approving the agreement, the board gives authority to Dr. Ashley Hinson, superintendent, and Wanda Mitchell, finance officer, to sign any further documents necessary to move the process along.
Woo-hoo! exclaimed Michele Hunter, board member, in response to the fact that the initiative is progressing.
As long as I dont have to foot the bill, Ill sign it, said Earlie Coe, board chair.
According to Jill Reinhardt, director of CTE/media/technology, the price on the laptops has come down since she last presented to the board at its June retreat. The laptops along with a carrying case will run around $548 per student.
Were in good shape with that, she said.
In order to help manage all of the computers under the school systems control, Reinhardt also asked the board to approve the purchase of a software system to help manage e-mail archiving, content filtering and power controls.
The software, which would run $36,000 per year for a five-year contract, will allow the technology staff at the central office to monitor and troubleshoot all of the computer from one central location rather than having to travel to each of the schools.
This is software weve needed for a couple of years, said Reinhardt, noting that by locking into the agreement now the school system will have a fixed price regardless of how many computers are added in the future.
The board approved the purchase contingent upon the approve of Fred Johnson, board attorney.
In other items on the agenda:
The board approved self-funding for the school systems employee dental plan due to the increase in the cost of the plan to the school system over the past years. By making the policy self-funded, the school system will be able to continue offering dental insurance. The school system is also looking into creating a list of Preferred Provider Organizations in the area.
The financial situation from the state budget standpoint is still up in the air leading Coe to say, Its such a nightmare I dont even know what to tell you. Our hands are tied.
The board re-approved a contract with Hines Fleet Safety Consulting, Inc. to provide the school system with a list of around 30 charter bus companies that are inspected twice each year.
A change in the Surry Early College High School calendar was also approved due to a change in spring break at Surry Community College and the addition of a spring holiday in February. The new spring break, which runs from March 29 through April 2, aligns more closely with the spring break for Surry County Schools.
Hinson reported to the board on a new initiative in Davidson County Schools for which Surry County has been offered a spot. Davidson County Schools, along with Davidson Community College, is applying for a grant through stimulus funding to create an academy centered around career and technical education. The county has asked Lexington, Thomasville, Yadkin County, Surry County, Mount Airy, Elkin and Surry Community College to partner in the initiative.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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