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East Grand Board opposes 68 & 104

No on Amendment 68 and no and Proposition 104; the East Grand School District (EGSD) Board of Education voted unanimously this week to oppose the two ballot measures pertaining to public education set for this year’s election.

The Board also heard a presentation about the district’s planned technology initiative to provide all EGSD students with their own Chromebook laptops. The first Chromebooks will be received by eighth-grade students at East Grand Middle School.

EGSD Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. explained the planned insurance program the district intends to offer with the Chromebooks.

The Chromebooks will be provided free of charge to the students but any damages to the devices will be the responsibility of the student. The district plans to offer an optional $50 insurance program that covers the life of the device.

If parents decide to buy the insurance for $50 they will not be responsible for the first incident of breakage with the Chromebooks. A second incident of breakage will require a $50 deductible from parents. A third incident will require a $100 deductible for repair with additional incidents requiring higher deductibles.

The district will not be purchasing the Chromebooks and instead will be leasing them.

Additionally, parents and students will be able to attend several Chromebook boot camps planned as instructional events. The district estimates they will hold four to six boot camps per grade.

The boot camps will be broken down into two categories: device basics, and procedures and information.

Parents are encouraged to attend these boot camps to learn the fundamentals and procedures relating to the Chromebooks. Students will not be allowed to take their Chromebooks home until at least one of their parents or guardians has attended the boot camps.

The district plans to keep all the Chromebooks over the summer break and reissue them in the fall.

The Board of Education also began consideration of different calendar proposals for upcoming years. Current Board policy states the board will adopt a three-year calendar.

Superintendent Mimmack told the Board there is no plan to move to a year-round model for schooling but such a system could be considered if the Board desired. There are two existing calendar proposals set to be considered to the Board.

The Board plans to develop a survey to present to community members seeking feedback about the two proposed calendars. They hope to have the survey available by next week.

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