The Palmyra R-I School District is readying to connect more students with technology starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

The Palmyra R-I School District is readying to connect more students with technology starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

The district hopes to implement a one-to-one technology initiative which would allow each students access to an iPad device. The increase in technology access came about through the work of the Technology Committee.

The committee was formed two years ago to work on the technology initiative. The committee reported to the Palmyra School Board on Feb. 14.

Additionally, the board heard a report on legislative issues from Superintendent Eric Churchwell. The major bills of concern for public education in Missouri, according to Churchwell, are House Bill 634 that would expand charter schools throughout the state. Also, Senate Bill 327 changes the MOVIP program to “Missouri Course Access Program” MCAP. This would allow every K-12 student in Missouri to enroll in two MCAP virtual classes per year at the school district's expense.

In other business:

• Churchwell reported to the board on the Tony Lenzini Tournament. The tournament attendance was great and the competition was great as well. After all tournament bills were paid, the net profit was $3,472.85. This year’s tournament profit was up $1,141.32 from last year.

• The board accepted the bid from Kmeier Roof Systems in the amount of $136,830.00 to replace three sections of roof at Palmyra Middle School.

• The board also approved a resolution authorizing the refinancing of $6,000,000 series 2014 general obligation bonds. This refinancing could save the district up to $1.3 million in interest.

• The board extended by one year the contracts of: Brian Wosman, Activities Director/Transportation Director; Lora Hillman, Elementary School Principal; Larry Seago, High School Assistant Principal/A+ Coordinator.

• The board offered contracts for the 2017-2018 school year to: Jared Pontius, High School Principal;

Kinsey Cissna, Special Programs Director; Bridgette Augspurg, Elementary School Assistant Principal.