BOE may approve 1,400 new iPads for Huntington High School

September 3, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Board of Education is expected to decide whether to purchase 1,400 new iPads for students and faculty at Huntington High School during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The purchase equates to roughly one iPad per student and faculty and is valued at $686,228 — paid for through Title I funding, which is federal money allocated to schools serving low-income areas. The purchase includes necessary cases, locks, chargers and setup equipment.

In operations business, the board will vote whether to place the former Park Hills Elementary School up for public auction.

If approved, it would label the former school surplus property and allow the superintendent to begin preparations to auction it. No tentative date for an auction has been discussed.

Located at 2001 McCoy Road in Huntington, the roughly 13,000-square-foot former school, which operated from 1964-89, most recently housed the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) II branch for more than 25 years until the statewide RESA system was dissolved by the West Virginia Legislature in 2017.

Cabell County Schools has owned the property since the building’s construction and it is described as being in good condition. The building was occupied as office space through the end of June.

The board also will vote whether to approve an $11,349 change order to install blast film to the downstairs windows at the Cabell Alternative School in Huntington. The bid would be awarded to City Construction Co. and funded through the district’s Permanent Improvement fund.

In personnel matters, Milton Middle School Principal Debbie Underwood has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 1. No replacement for her position has been named.

In other business, the board will vote whether to approve a field trip request for Huntington East Middle School’s Western Virginia Military Academy and the Lizzie Cabell Finishing School to travel to Carnifex Ferry State Park from Sept. 7-9 to participate in Civil War re-enactment activities. The trip will be paid for through school funds.

The Cabell County Board of Education meets every first and third Tuesday at the board’s central office at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.