The Ottawa school board approved a bid from Troxell to provide cases and Chromebooks from Insight for a total of $118,818.
Dean Grell, district technology director, told the board it has been difficult to get competitive deals on computers but he was pleased with the bid of $213.04 per unit.
In other action the board:
• Heard a presentation from Josh Robinson, director of special services, on gifted education courses at Ottawa High School. Robinson said parents and students involved in the gifted program gave feedback on what they wanted and what they thought was most important in the program. He said feedback showed they would benefit from it by being its own class. Another piece that students identified as a need was scholarship investigation. Robinson presented curriculum that includes scholarship investigation, college research and outside-the-box curriculum. He said this is step one of the program and more information would be presented in the fall.
• Declared the old Ottawa High School art room kiln as surplus property
• Approved an interagency agreement between Head Start and Ottawa school district’s TinyK.
• Approved the purchase of three new rural route buses for $195,168 and trade-in three buses. Dr. Jeanne Stroh, superintendent, said the new buses will have seat belts and air conditioning. They are also built to handle the rural roads.