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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
ROYAL — A seventh/eighth-grade math teacher at PVO Junior High has helped raise $3,345 to buy 28 Chromebook laptops for the school.
The PVO school board recognized Bryan Hartman at its monthly meeting this week for his efforts to raise funds for the purchase.
He called the program, “Let’s raise some money — $119.50 laptops (that aren’t junk).”
Hartman said the program is a cooperative effort between Google and Donorschoose.org to offer the Chromebooks. Teachers had until Dec. 21 to sign up.
“Being the tech nerd that I am, I immediately signed up,” Hartman said. “Twelve hours later sign-ups closed.”
He said he answered a few questions, filled out a questionnaire and two days later they were enrolled.
Then he sought donations. Each donation was matched by the donorschoose.org board of directors.
The Chromebook S5 laptops are meant primarily for web-based activities.
He said while laptops normally sell for $350-$450, they were able to buy the Chromebooks for $119.50.
In other “tech” news, the board thanked several large donors for their help toward the purchase of a new junior high scoreboard.
The $1,000 donors were Control Technology Solutions and Suits Farms. Donating $250 each were Coldwell Bankers-Diana Sjuts, First National Bank of Ogden, G Boyz Mowing and JBS United.
Total cost of the new scoreboard is $4,000.
PVO Superintendent Vic White said a group of community members installed the scoreboard at no cost to the district.
Crisis management plan
Jeff Isenhower gave a presentation to the board about the district’s crisis management plan.
He explained procedures for Code Red.
The board learned that a buzz-in system will be installed at PVO North within the next two weeks. The school is the only one without a buzz-in system.
Isenhower said with the increased occurrences of anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction, instructions for treatment have been added. Staff, however, has already been trained on the Epi-Pen, which contains epinephrine to treat allergies.
Isenhower also said all three schools currently practice procedures in the event of fire, tornado, earthquakes and for a suspicious intruder.
Isenhower also said the district has invited the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office to stop by the schools for a walk-through.
Dave Young and Brent Ivie, energy consultants, gave a presentation to the board about the School Energy Efficiency Development program with Dragonfly Solutions.
White said the program involves adding equipment to electrical boxes and selling renewable energy certificates.
The board took no action.
The board approved hiring Russell Leigh and Associates as PVO’s auditors for fiscal year 2013 at a cost of $2,800.
The board approved a junior high band and chorus lollipop fundraiser.