School board to discuss grant, salary proposals

Monday, March 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:51 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

If a grant proposed by Smithton Middle School faculty and technology services is approved, Smithton students will be able to improve their writing skills through the use of technology.

The Columbia School Board will hear this recommendation and others when it meets at 7 p.m. today at Lange Middle School.

In addition to Smithton’s current technology, the grant, titled “Refining Writing Using Technology,” would provide all Smithton students daily access to Smart Boards and laptop computers.

The three-year grant would be funded entirely with federal money.

Phyllis Chase, superintendent of the district schools, will give a report, which includes information on the 2004-05 budget. Benefits for part-time employees will be included in next year’s budget, but cash in lieu of benefits will be eliminated.

Included in the report will be the presentation of the Columbia Community Teachers Association salary proposal. Field Elementary School will be recognized for its improvements.

The board will also hear proposals for district audit services to cover the next five years; three proposals were submitted for review.

In addition, the Calendar Committee will offer its recommendation for the 2005-06 school year calendar.

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