Barron informed the board that this plan includes the district adding a Google email service for students in grades six through 12. While the mail service is free, she said the district will contract with Gaggle for email filtering. “Monitored by humans,” she said this service “will notify us if there's something wrong.”
She said email is a standard now for students and that schools can help them learn how to use email. Barron said the district did a trial run with one junior high class.
In other business Tuesday night, trustees:
• Highlighted Palo Pinto County/Texas Farm Bureau, Mineral Wells Noon Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Mineral Wells as its March partners in education. Each if these groups provides scholarships for college-bound students and supports education in other ways.
• Heard Superintendent Gail Haterius give an update on the facilities study committee, which she said meets every Thursday for the next month.
She also informed trustees that attendance was down some in February, partly due to illness, such as flu going through the campuses. Of its 3,440 students, MWISD had a 94.17-percent attendance rate. Of the main campuses, Travis Elementary had the highest attendance rate of 95.49 percent, while Lamar Elementary had the lowest rate, with 92.53 percent.
• Heard a Level III hearing for David Neal. After the closed-session hearing, in open session, trustees voted to uphold a decision on timeliness, stating that the timeliness of the grievance was not met, and they upheld the administrative decision on reassignment. All other discussion was addressed in closed session.