Grainger BOE approves school purchases

In a relatively short meeting, the Grainger County Board of Education approved a couple of spending items.

The board approved a proposal by Director of Schools Dr. James Atkins to purchase a new technology van for the system’s use through a state contract from a Murfreesboro dealership. List price on the van is $48,000, but Grainger County will be able to purchase the same van for $37,000, or at an $11,000 discount thanks to the state contract.

Also, the board approved Atkins’ proposal to purchase 400 Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculators for math classes. Those calculators, when received, will be checked out to students by a system similar to how the Chromebook computers are signed for by students and parents.

The calculators will be advertised with the bids opened Friday, Feb. 5.

A one-ton maintenance truck that is no longer needed by the system was approved by the board to be donated to the Grainger County Highway Department.

Also, some budget amendments were approved, including using the Esser Stimulus Package 1.0 to provide pay for teachers who are watching classrooms from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. before the school day officially starts Monday-Friday.

The next Grainger County Board of Education meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the library of Grainger High School. The last two meetings were held at Finley Auditorium at the Central Office, the original Rutledge High School building.