BOE approves 21st Century Learning Grant equipment purchaseCathryn StanleyEditorNew technology will soon be utilized at Barnesville Middle School. The Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education approved the purchase of five SMART boards and 64 Netbooks with $61,552. 60 of funds from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (21st Century Learning Grant). A core team of teachers and their students are participating in the development of technology and online learning at the school.A class trip for seniors at Barnesville High School was approved by the board at its Thursday, Dec. 16 meeting. Depending upon student participation, the destination of the April, 2011 class trip will be Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida or an indoor waterpark in Cleveland, Ohio. At least 25 students must participate.A change in the student handbook policy was approved, with the adoption of amended policy JG-Student Discipline and removal of the following policies: JEGA - Permanent Exclusion; JF - Student Rights and Responsibilities; JFA - Student Due Process Rights; JGA - Corporal Punishment; JGD - Student Suspension; JGDA - Emergency Removal of Student and JGE - Student Expulsion. Superintendent Randy Lucas said the new policy combines the above policies.The board entered executive session to consider employment, prepare for, conduct or review negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment and to discuss matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes.The board approved donations for the month of November from Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home of $25 to the Class of 2013 and the Barnesville Kiwanis Club of $100 to the Key Club.The board approved the annual Ohio School Board Association membership dues for calendar year 2011 and participation in OSBA's Legal Assistance Fund.The board approved a contract for services between Barnesville Exempted Village School District and Ohio Valley Educational Service Center for the 2010-2011 school year. In personnel issues, Brandy Winegardnerwas hired as substitute aide and one-year limited supplemental contracts for the 2010-2011 were approved for Dylan Rogers, head boys' track coach and Bryce Allen, head softball coach.Changes to the daily contracted hours for cook Gay Lucas, increasing her hours from 3.50 to 4.50, were approved.The board approved the hourly wage rate of $7.40 (as required by Ohio's Minimum Wage Law) for substitute aides, cooks, custodians and secretaries.Don Carpenter was elected president pro-tem to preside over the organizational meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6 2010. The meetings will begin with a tax budget hearing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the organizational meeting at 7 p.m. The board's regular monthly meeting will begin after the organizational meeting.