Purcell Public Schools used grant funds to make inroads in a district-wide technology upgrade.

Assistant superintendent Jerry Swayze took school board members through those upgrades during a special presentation at Monday’s board meeting.

Purchases for students include 450 Chromebooks, 110 iPads and cases and 102 hotspots.

Swayze said existing Chromebooks are now six years old, adding the devices’ usefulness drops after five years.

“We still need to get 100 more iPads and cases,” he added.

Purchases for teachers include 125 laptops and 110 laptop cases with wireless mice and monitors.

Software purchases include a mobile device manager, Google Chrome Management and Google Enterprise upgrades.

Additional hardware purchases for the district are 50 70-inch Samsung TVs, 50 Google Chromecasts and 25 webcams.

Security upgrades even included the district’s school bus fleet with the purchase of seven bus surveillance systems.

These include four cameras per bus and GPS tracking of the vehicles’ locations and speed.

Lastly, Swayze said, the district has added a new firewall on the network, as well as a new filter on the cloud.

“Wherever a Chromebook goes, it’s filtered,” he said.

Superintendent Sheli McAdoo said staff is presently assessing furnishings in the old junior high school.

“There is still quite a bit to go through,” she said, after the board voted to list 121 student desks, 14 teacher desks, 77 chairs, 36 tables, 43 cabinets, 54 shelves, 12 TVs and seven carts as surplus.

Show of appreciation

Purcell school board members received gifts at Monday’s meeting in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month. From left are Kevin Andrews, Bill Smith, Tracy Folsom and Dru Smith. Member Kim Croslin did not attend the meeting.

McAdoo also called the district’s return to in-person classes “wonderful” and a “joyous occasion.”

However, she reminded the board the COVID virus is “still out there and very much alive.”

More than 90 teachers and staff were scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

In other business, the board hired Mayra Munoz to teach Spanish at the high school.

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