The Neosho R-5 Board of Education has a full slate of agenda items as it meets Monday in regular session.

The Neosho R-5 Board of Education has a full slate of agenda items as it meets Monday in regular session.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the administrative center, 418 Fairground Road.

During a work session Aug. 8, administrators heard from Scott Harris, district technology director, about a plan to put laptop computers into the hands of every high school student in January.

District and school board officials recently attended a technology workshop in Chicago, where both Apple and Google products were discussed. Harris told the board during the work session he favored a Google-based platform as opposed to an Apple one because the cost was less than half, and they would likely have to run the Google Chrome application to be compatible with other classroom aids.

Harris stressed training teachers to use the technology would be paramount to the program's success.
In other action, the board:

• Will set the 2013-14 tax rate after a public hearing. Tim Crawley, assistant superintendent of business and finance for the district, recommended a tax rate of $2.75 per $100 of assessed valuation and a debt service levy of 36 cents, making the total tax rate $3.11, the same as the previous school year;

• Consider the purchase of three school buses. Two companies, Central States Bus Sales (Bluebird) and Allied Bus Sales of Nixa, Mo., have submitted bids. The district had bidders price three sizes of buses: 77-78 passenger, 71 passenger and 45-47 passenger. Central States bid from page 1a
$99,490 per 78 passenger unit, $88.750 per 71 passenger bus, and $85,275 per 45 passenger unit, while allowing a trade-on allowance of $19,200. Meanwhile, Allied Bus Sales has bid $90,619 per 77 passenger bus, $89,957 per 71 passenger unit, and $84,379 per 47 passenger bus, while allowing a $23,100 trade-in allowance. Crawley recommends the district buy three 78 passenger and three 71 passenger buses from Central States. Total cost of the buses, with trade-in, is $545,520;

• Accept resignations and approve employment of personnel;

• Approve student / faculty handbooks;

• Approve tuition rates for the upcoming school year;

• Approve asbestos assurance;

• Approve civil rights compliance assurance;

• Approve master schedules for grades 7-12;

• Approve a board planning calendar and board planning goals;

• Hear an update on the softball field;

• Hear a report on drop-outs;

• Hear an update on the first day of classes;

• Hear on update on district cash flow, finances and investments.

The board may also go into executive session to consider personnel matters.