The ADM School Board met for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in Adel. President Tim Canney and board member Kim Roby were not present for the August meeting.
1. Chad Frerichs, director of technology, and Travis Wilkins, director of innovative learning and communication, presented a new touchscreen Chromebook to the board Monday night. The Chromebooks were purchased for students in grades three through 12. The Chromebooks allow Android applications, including Google Classroom, which work better with the classroom application that will be used during the school year, according to Frerichs.
The Adel Elementary School will be using new iPads with the Apple Classroom app. Using Apple Classroom will allow teachers to open applications on all the students iPads.
With the new Chromebooks and iPads, Frerichs said the schools will come in slightly under budget for the new technology.
Students can pick up their Chromebooks on Open House Night, as long as they have registers for the laptops and paid fees.
2. The board approved Go Guardian as ADM’s internet filtering system for the new Chromebooks. The cost will be about $7,750 for one year. Go Guardian allows for blocking of explicit websites and will notify administration of any self harm content on a student’s laptop. The administration will then relay the information to school counselors.
3. The board gave the go ahead to hire a part-time information systems support technician. This part-time employee will be hired specifically to help with malfunctioning Chromebooks. Frerichs is also looking into allowing students to help with technical support. The new part-time employee hired will supervise the students that volunteer to help with the new technology.
4. Administration is looking into changing the golf coaching staff. ADM currently has three coaches - one head and two assistant coach. However, the administration feels the athletes will be best serves by having both a boys and a girls head coach with one assistant. The board approved to postpone the proposed coaching change until the September meeting.
The next ADM School Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the ADM School District building.