NEWBURG — Technology around the Newburg School District just keeps getting better. That was one of the key points made at this month's board of education meeting held Dec. 19.
Among the improvements made to the district's system are:
•Phone lines for the SchoolReach system have been updated and imported. It was noted that the phone lines worked great for the recent mass notifications that went out in regards to the recent school closings because of snow and ice.
• Spiceworks, the district's service-ticket system, is up and running and has allowed technical issues to be responded to in a more timely and organized fashion.
• Several firewall enhancements have been put into place as well as additional web filtering to help with Internet speed.
• The district has scheduled a joint training session for Google Docs in conjunction with Steelville's R-III Technology Department for some time in early January.
In other business:
• Superintendent John Westerman reported that he is putting together an ad hoc committee to help with local funding for the district.
• Sally Dake gave an update on how the Affordable HealthCare Act will be implemented throughout the district. Among one of the changes is that employees within the district who work 30 hours a week are now eligible for full health insurance coverage.
• The board approved a $10,000,000 umbrella insurance policy for the school's music department as it has done so for the past three years.