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February 26, 2014

School trustees call for election

JACKSONVILLE — JISD trustees called a May 10 school board election Monday, to fill the Place 3 and Place 4 positions that are up for election this year.

Four candidates have filed for the two positions – incumbent Jimmy Brown and Pamelia Franklin Adams are vying for the Place 3 spot, while Ann Chandler and Cassie Devillier have filed as candidates for Place 4.

Prospective candidates have until this Friday to file for local school races, for which election day is slated May 10, according to the Texas Association of School Boards, Inc.

In other action, trustees awarded a bid proposal to 4Front, a vendor that has in the past provided JISD with technology services.

According to Dr. Joe Wardell, superintendent, for the past several years, the district has applied through a federal program for E-Rate funding, “which helps to pay approximately up to 80 of technology costs.

“We're not sure we'll get Level 2 funding, but we're hoping to find out pretty soon. We wanted to get a quote and approve it so that is we do get that funding, we can jump right in,” he explained. “In the past, we've used that funding to get computers for our schools, so we've qualified for Level 1 funding before. And there's a good possibility we'll qualify for

Level 2.”

If the district qualifies for the E-Rate funding at this level, 4Front will provide complete wireless solution, including data drops, PoE (power over ethernet) switches, access points, configuration and installation of all products for JISD.

This will ensure that all campuses will have wireless capability, Wardell said.

“The new schools and a portion of the high school have wireless, so now we're trying to get it on the rest of the campuses,”

he said.

In other action, trustees adopted a calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

During Monday's meeting, Wardell gave an update on proposed construction and renovation projects in the district funded through last year's $23 million bond election.

The district will create a new campus for the West Side Elementary program while adding more classrooms and a band hall at the Nichols Intermediate campus.

Wardell said that the elementary project is in the design phase, as district officials have met with the city to review the plan, which now includes a proposal for improved traffic flow on and off the campus.

“The incoming traffic we'll match with Tena Street, while the outflow will match with Bonita,” he explained. “The bus traffic will come out onto Devereaux. After we looked at (this proposed pattern), we felt it worked even better than what we had suggested before and the city seemed pleased with it.”

Once documents are finalized, the district will put both projects up for bid, Wardell said.

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