By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

ARCADIA — To address the growing demands of technology in education, the Arcadia school board Wednesday purchased new equipment and established a committee to handle the district’s technology issues.

Board members Ryan George and Carol Metzger both volunteered to oversee the board’s nascent technology committee.

Also, the school board purchased replacement and additional computers, along with more wireless access points for students using computers.

The board will pay CDI $28,900 for 100 new laptops for students in grades seven through 12.
CDI also will be paid $14,950 to replace 50 computers in the district’s business/technology lab.

ITsavvy LCC will be paid $15,485 to install 25 access wireless points and licenses to provide additional wireless hot spots for computers in the school buildings.

“Technology is more crucial for the kids,” Arcadia Superintendent Bruce Kidder said after Wednesday’s session.

Separately, district Treasurer Angie Spridgeon was honored by the State Auditor’s Office for “outstanding work” in providing “clean” audits.

A plaque was presented to the school treasurer by auditor’s office district representative Anne Spence, who said “it is not easy to receive one of these (awards).”

Spridgeon said, “It takes everyone’s effort and everyone’s work.”
Separately, Ryan Ludwig was named athletic director for the 2016-17 school year.

Ludwig also was hired as a social studies teacher.

In other athletic matters, the board fielded a complaint from the audience that the district’s track program’s equipment and field have been neglected.

One resident said Arcadia has upgraded its football field, baseball field and gym floor, while track and field equipment and the track have become “obsolete” and “outdated.”

Board members said that in years past, the board has been considering building a new school building, putting any plans for a track and field facility “on hold.”

Board member Eric Metcalfe said it would have made no sense to install a new track only to “turn around and tear it up” for a new school building.

Moreover, the district would need to purchase more land for an adequate track and field facility.

“We are also landlocked,” Metcalfe said of the current track and field area.

“Track used to be a top sport here,” one woman said, adding some athletes have trained in Findlay.

Separately, the board accepted a proposal from Gearhart Plumbing and Heating to install a new bathroom in anticipation of the district implementing all-day kindergarten next school year.

The firm will be paid $7,350 for materials and labor.

In other business, the school board:

  • Accepted a $500 donation from Home Depot for the Arcadia Future Farmers of America.
  • Will spend $28,559 to SORSA Insurance for a building, fleet and liability insurance package, an increase of $6 from last year.
  • Received a grant of $13,200 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation for a mentoring program at the grade school.

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