NEWBURG - The Newburg R-II School District Board of Education's October meeting began with a presentation from Steelville IT (information technology) Specialist Jake Martin.
Martin was invited to the meeting by the board to take a look at the district's IT department and computer networks. He is performing this work at no cost to the district.
Over the last few weeks, he has been in Newburg updating the school's network, implementing some new programs and taking inventory of equipment and hardware.
Among the work that Martin has done:
• Installed a Windows server update service for regular updates.
• Installed Spiceworks, a program that gives the district an ongoing overview of what software is being used and what hardware is in use on the network. He explained that this program allows for a "no ticket, no fix-it" system which creates •uniform policy for tech help or service work.
• Implemented a new network backup system both on-site and off-site.
• Reviewed tech department documentation and is in the process of creating a network knowledge base so future documentation can be accessed quickly and accurately.
The board was grateful for Martin's ongoing help and for the presentation.
Next on the agenda was Superintendent John Westerman who told the board that because of changes in Missouri's foundation formula, which relates to the funding of K-12 public schools, Newburg will be receiving $24,000 less than was projected for this year.
Steve Guffey, Newburg High School principal and transportation director for the district, presented his annual transportation/bus route report. He noted that the district received a surprise bus inspection from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in early October and all buses passed with a 100 percent rating.
Finally, the board approved several new policies and regulations to reflect recent changes in Missouri law.
First, teachers who are aware of abuse must personally make a phone call to authorities. Before, the phone call came from a school administrator.
Also approved was an update to school policy because of changes in the Family and Medical Leave Act.