PETOSKEY -- Petoskey schools' first major technology upgrades to be paid for with a recent voter-approved bond issue will get consideration from the school board Thursday, Aug. 16.
A regular board meeting begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Spitler Administration Building, 1130 Howard St. -- earlier in the day than the board's typical start time.
The board will consider contractor bids for two electronic networking proposals -- one that would focus on wiring and installation, and the other primarily on hardware. Administrators propose to spend a total of about $1.2 million on the projects.
District technology director Steve Neal said the proposed upgrades would help facilitate wireless network connections in schools, and bring new hardware such as projectors and display screens. Along with providing faster connections, Neal said network improvements also will help accommodate telephone system upgrades and video surveillance equipment which school officials plan to pursue later.
Local voters approved a bond sale to generate $4.9 million for technology purposes in May.
In other business Thursday, the board is expected to:
-- consider a proposed contract under which Johnson's Buses of Petoskey would continue providing bus transportation services for the school district in 2012-13.
-- continue its consideration of some updates to district policies. Some updates would modify school bans on tobacco use to include emerging tobacco and non-tobacco nicotine products, such as the e-cigarette. Others focus on computer networking and appropriate school uses for it.
-- consider employment contract extensions for nine administrative staff members.
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