The Mountain Home School Board breezed quickly through a light agenda last night, authorizing the expenditure of $47,999 for 100 replacement computers and $33,966 for 50 wireless access points at the high school.
The district tries to replace at least 100 computers a year as they reach four to five years in age. The replacements are refurbished machines.
The wireless access points will be placed in the high school and will allow wireless computer operation on that campus. They are expected to be installed and in service by the first of the year or shortly thereafter. Plans are to eventually go wireless at all district campuses.
The board also approved a pro bono contract for architectural services regarding construction of a new press box at Bomber Stadium. Although no fee will be charged for the service, Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Myers said a contract is still necessary
On another matter, the board learned that property tax revenues received by the district are up by about $627,000 over the amount received by this time last year. However,the district has been told that total property tax receipts next year are expected to be down by at least four percent. Dr. Myers said the district is preparing strategies for dealing with the tax funding cut, which may total in the neighborhood of a half-million dollars.