By Alan Sorensen
Trustees approved the school handbooks, out-of-district student attendance agreement with KG Schools, and trustee committee appointments during their July meeting Tuesday night at Havre Middle School.
All three proposals are routine annual actions brought every summer.
Superintendent Kirk Miller outlined a few changes in handbook policies that go into effect this fall.
Parents and students should be aware of the new electronic information access policy. The policy gives parents the opportunity to limit their childrens access and exposure to the Internet and other electronic information sources.
Other policies that are different than in the past are the policies governing the administration of medicine (particularly at the high school), sexual harassment, elementary school chronic head lice, gangs, and canine school searches.
The out-of-district agreement is one the two districts have renewed annually for several years. It allows KG buses to enter the Havre district to pick up students.
In other action, the school board unanimously approved Tempo Electrics bid to install an electrical upgrade at the high school. Tempos bid of $44,237, the only bid received, was about $2,000 less than the estimated cost indicated in a study conducted by Gordon, Prill, Drapes, Inc.
Assistant Superintendent Dennis Parman explained the progress the district has made with its technology plan recently.
Within the past two years and 13 days, Parman said, nine sites were added to the two that already had access to Havres wireless network. The network is fed Internet access hrough the Burlington Northern Santa Fe microwave tower near the depot. The two sites connected to the system when Parman arrived in Havre were the high school and Havre-Hill County Library. Added since were Lincoln-McKinley, Sunnyside, middle school, Robins, Devlin, Highland Park, and Head Start schools, and to HRDC and the bus garage.
This summer, the district purchased 150 new computers and numerous computer components and attachments. The district also received 13 donated computer terminals from MSU-Northerns Vande Bogart Library.
Parman said that more than 1 million miles of computer wire has been installed within the district.
The boards next meeting will be 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at Havre Middle School.