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NLS board conducts first reading of technology policy
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board conducted its first reading of the district's new Bring Your Own Technology policy at its regular meeting Monday.

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Starting in September, the policy will allow students to bring their own electronic devices to school to use for educational purposes via the district's wireless internet network. Students and their parents are expected to sign an agreement before the student is allowed to use their equipment on the school network.

The district is trying to anticipate both what students and parents will expect as the district makes technology improvements funded by the three-year, $1.5 million levy approved by voters, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.

The policy is an effort to address situations that could happen when student-owned devices are allowed and also lists the consequences for misconduct related to such devices.

The second reading and adoption of the policy is expected at the board's next meeting Aug. 13.

The board also approved increases in student participation fees for sports. As part of its annual budget reduction process, the board projected that raising the participation fees for high school and middle school sports by $25 and $15 would generate about $10,000 in additional revenue.

The maximum fee amount per student and per family was also increased, to $375 per individual and $650 per family.

No changes were made in the fees charged to students for participating in band, choir, speech, drama, knowledge bowl and other similar activities.

The board also approved raising meal prices for the 2012-13 school year by 10 cents per meal.

The increase puts elementary breakfast and lunch prices at $1.25 and $1.85 and middle school and high school breakfast and lunch prices at $1.35 and $2.10.

Milk remains at $0.30 a carton and adult breakfast and lunch prices at $1.75 and $3.50.

The district was required to increase the prices based on a federal formula that requires district's to charge an average meal price of $2.51 or higher, according to Carlson.

In other action, the board:

n Approved the sale of $4.5 million in aid anticipation certificates at an interest rate of 0.4781. The certificates are used by school districts to borrow money against state funding not yet received by the district.

n Approved the sale of $1.395 million in capital facilities bonds, at an interest rate of $1.59 percent. Todd Netzke of School Management Services, the district's business management provider, noted that the interest cost for the life of the 10-year bond is $128,645.

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board conducted its first reading of the district's new Bring Your Own Technology policy at its regular meeting Monday.

Starting in September, the policy will allow students to bring their own electronic devices to school to use for educational purposes via the district's wireless internet network. Students and their parents are expected to sign an agreement before the student is allowed to use their equipment on the school network.

The district is trying to anticipate both what students and parents will expect as the district makes technology improvements funded by the three-year, $1.5 million levy approved by voters, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.

The policy is an effort to address situations that could happen when student-owned devices are allowed and also lists the consequences for misconduct related to such devices.

The second reading and adoption of the policy is expected at the board's next meeting Aug. 13.

The board also approved increases in student participation fees for sports. As part of its annual budget reduction process, the board projected that raising the participation fees for high school and middle school sports by $25 and $15 would generate about $10,000 in additional revenue.

The maximum fee amount per student and per family was also increased, to $375 per individual and $650 per family.

No changes were made in the fees charged to students for participating in band, choir, speech, drama, knowledge bowl and other similar activities.

The board also approved raising meal prices for the 2012-13 school year by 10 cents per meal.

The increase puts elementary breakfast and lunch prices at $1.25 and $1.85 and middle school and high school breakfast and lunch prices at $1.35 and $2.10.

Milk remains at $0.30 a carton and adult breakfast and lunch prices at $1.75 and $3.50.

The district was required to increase the prices based on a federal formula that requires district's to charge an average meal price of $2.51 or higher, according to Carlson.

In other action, the board:

- Approved the sale of $4.5 million in aid anticipation certificates at an interest rate of 0.4781. The certificates are used by school districts to borrow money against state funding not yet received by the district.

- Approved the sale of $1.395 million in capital facilities bonds, at an interest rate of $1.59 percent. Todd Netzke of School Management Services, the district's business management provider, noted that the interest cost for the life of the 10-year bond is $128,645.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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