SWR board to discuss track, computer props Tuesday night

06/19/2012 7:00 AM |

The Shoreham-Wading River school board Tuesday night will discuss a potential proposition this fall that would authorize the district to buy new computers and repair the high school track at their meeting.

At their June 5 meeting, the board heard from the technology committee and the space and facilities committee, which said the district needed faster computers and a safer, newly paved track.

The technology proposal would create new wireless networks and allow the district to purchase new computers that can run the latest educational software, while also satisfying upcoming state regulations that will require students to use computers for standardized testing.

District wide, the new computer plan would cost about $1.36 million, though state aid would cover 30 percent of those costs. And if the project was completed next year, the state would provide an additional 10 percent for certain purchases.

The high school track is also in need of updating. The track has ruts in the pavement and the paint has worn off much of it.

Members of the high school boys’ track team attended the last board meeting and said that racing officials told them if the district didn’t resurface the track soon, they would no longer be allowed to hold meets at the high school and would have to be bused to an away track to hold meets.

The resurfacing would cost the district $196,000, but if the repairs were delayed, the damage could reach the base of the track, which would drive up the cost to about $500,000.

The board meets at 8 p.m in the high school library.

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psquire@timesreview.com

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