School board

August 20, 1998

Funds OK'd to upgrade board computer

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved funding to upgrade the board's overloaded and outdated computer data storage system.

The board voted to approve $3,627 per month for leasing a new, faster IBM processor and $60,000 for software and transition costs.

William McKinley, executive director of Support Services, said IBM "has conservatively estimated that we could run out of disk space in one to two months" if the system wasn't upgraded.


"With increased archiving, we're operating at 91 percent to 92 percent of capacity," he said.

Leasing a new processor will get the system down to 42 percent to 50 percent of capacity and guarantee IBM's hardware support past the year 2000, McKinley said.

Even then, Supervisor of Data Processing Robert Alton said the upgrade probably will hold the board over only for a maximum of five years. A new processor probably should be bought before then, said board Vice President B. Marie Byers.


Board OKs$108 million operating budget

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a $108 million operating budget for fiscal year 1999.

At a meeting last Tuesday, the Washington County Commissioners agreed to let the school board use funds remaining from last year's budget to balance the new budget, board officials said.

The school board will print the budget, and then ask the County Commissioners for final approval, officials said.


Clear Spring renovation plangets board support

Clear Spring Elementary School will be bigger and better beginning next fall, if the Washington County Board of Education gets its way.

The board Tuesday night unanimously approved a detailed drawing of planned renovations and additions. That will be sent to the state for funding approval. The project will cost $3.75 million, school officials said.

Dennis McGee, director of facilities management, said the proposal is for a 5,000-square foot addition to the front of the school, and renovation of 38,000-square-feet of existing school.

Improvements will include installation of air conditioning, a gymnasium, rooms for special ed, music and art and a media center, McGee said.

- Terry Talbert

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