The Slater Board of Education met Tuesday, May 20, to discuss grants and consider hiring a cook.
Superintendent John McEachern informed the board of his desire to pursue a grant from Qwest Technologies.
If Slater was awarded the grant, the district would be given 32 electronic handheld devices intended to aid classroom instruction. The devices tie into a main computer and allow teachers to give examinations electronically.
"You get immediate feedback as to where the deficiencies are," said McEachern.
He also referred to the devices as an "exceptional tool."
To be eligible for the grant, districts must write a 300-word essay explaining why they are pursuing the award and how the tools would be implemented into the curriculum.
McEachern went on to report that paperwork concerning the AT&T grant was not completed by the Monday, May 19, deadline. Failing to promptly submit the application eliminates Slater's chances of receiving the grant.
The AT&T grant is intended to assist at-risk students by awarding recipients $100,000 per year for the 2008-11 school years.
"I wasn't going to send it in half-way completed," McEachern explained.
The matter was discussed further in executive session.
The board also considered hiring a fourth cook to replace Betty Sampler, who is retiring.
McEachern expressed his desire to provide meals with more nourishment, which would not be possible without an additional cook.
"We're going to try and cook more home cooked meals," he said.
Board members were unsure about this item, ultimately deciding to postpone a decision until the June meeting. The consensus among the board was that more information, regarding the amount of available funding, was needed.
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