Board of Education approves bond to improve computer infrastructure
By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Pickens County Board of Education last Wednesday approved a plan to join
with other schools in the state to initiate a 20-year bond issue which would be
use to update the computer infrastructure of the county schools.
Meeting at Pickens County High School as part of the Board’s regular rotating schedule, Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman presented
the plan for the bond issue, something the Board has been discussing for
Chapman reminded the Board and the public this is separate from the proceeds
from the new one-cent education sales tax passed last year. The Board still
plans to use the money from the new sales tax as it laid out during the
campaign for its passage, said Chapman.
This bond issue would be sold through the Alabama Public School and College
Authority, and several other school systems in Alabama are going to join with
Pickens County in the plan. Chapman said the Board will use money it sets aside
for capital improvements for this plan.
Chapman proposed setting aside up to $150,000 a year for 20 years so the Board
can receive $2.25 million to immediately get to work on updating its computer
Chapman said there is a chance the Alabama Legislature may do its own bond issue
for technology this year, and if so, the Pickens County School System and the
other systems would be reimbursed for part of what they have already spent on
the technology upgrade.
Chapman said he was initially skeptical of the plan, but after meeting with two
State Department of Education officials who endorsed the idea, he through it
was a good plan to upgrade the aging computer system in the schools.
Chapman said he didn’t think it would be to the point where every student would have a laptop
computer, but it would probably be at a level where a student could bring their
own personal device to school and do their school work on it.
Board Member Debbie Holley made a motion to participate in the bond program.
Board Member Annie Jackson seconded the motion, and it was unanimously
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