The Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees is preparing just in case schools aren’t able to open for the autumn due to Coronavirus. In a special called meeting on Monday evening, board members voted to approve the purchase of laptop computers for students 3rd through 12th grade and Chromebooks for teachers, along with a computer program that allows teachers to teach students as they stay at home. The purchase would also include Myfi devices so that students can connect online.
Meanwhile, the plan calls for iPads currently used by students to be hand-me-downs for pre-k through 2nd grade.
Total cost for the purchase is just over $1 million, however, Board President Mark Durand and JISD Superintendent John Seybold say that the majority of that cost will be paid for with federal funds from the economic stimulus package known as the CARES Act.
In other action, the board approved the hiring of Jocelyn Adams as the new counselor at Jasper Junior High. Seybold said that Adams has been employed with the district since 2007, and as a certified counselor she has already served in that position in the past, and has also been an 8th grade English teacher.