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BOE approves purchase of projectors
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New projectors will be placed in a number of classrooms throughout the Newton County School System.

At its work session Tuesday, The Newton County Board of Education approved a contract for replacement projectors.

The annual renewable contract with Classroom Technology Solutions of Jacksonville, Fla., is for the purchase of 400 new projectors at a value of $302,000.

Gary Shattuck, NCSS director of technology and media services, said the new projectors are needed to replace select Promethean short-throw projectors and for the installation and cleanup of the new projectors.

Shattuck said some of the older projectors are from 2008 and before.

"The older ones need to be replaced. They are at the age where they are failing," Shattuck told the BOE.

He said the warranty on the projectors is three years, though they should last five years if they are turned off at the end of each school day.

"We are constantly working with schools to make sure they are turned off so that it doesn’t break the projectors," he said.

According to information from the superintendent’s recommendations, the price for the new projectors includes wall mounts, cabling, raceways, hardware, and installation and cleanup.

The effective date of the contract is Oct. 16, with an expiration date on Oct. 15, 2014.

Education summits

In miscellaneous business, Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey noted that Saturday marked the first of three education summits for NCSS parents.

The educational forum was held Saturday at Eastside High School, offering workshops, panel discussions, community vendors and continental breakfasts.

"It’s an opportunity for all of our community agencies to come together to support our families and for us to create a dialogue between the community and the school system specifically so that our parents can share with us the great ideas that they have, and we can perhaps act on many of those ideas and all head towards being the best school system," Fuhrey said.

The other two education summits are scheduled: on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Newton High School and Saturday, Nov. 9, at Alcovy High School.