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THE CHANGES IN SEMESTER FINALS AND THE CONTRACT FOR I-PADS WERE ITEMS FOR THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION LAST NIGHT.  THE BOARD HEARD A PRESENTATION FROM A GROUP OF TEACHERS THAT WORKED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES TO THE FINALS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.  THIS WILL EXEMPT SOME STUDENTS FROM TAKING ALL OR SOME OF THEIR FINALS.  IF THERE ARE NO MINOR OFFENSES FOR STUDENTS THEY CAN BE EXEMPT FROM ALL FINALS.  IF THEY HAVE ONE, THEY ARE EXEMPT FROM THREE FINALS, TWO OFFENSES EXEMPT FROM TWO FINALS AND THREE OFFENSE ARE EXEMPT FROM ONE FINAL.  THERE ARE STUDENTS WHO CAN TAKE FINALS IF IT WILL RAISE THEIR GRADE TO THE NEXT HIGHER GRADE.  IF THE FINAL LOWERS THEIR GRADE, IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED.  THERE WILL BE GAMES IN THE LOUNGES AND CONCESSIONS IN THE CONCESSION STAND IN THE STULL GYM.  IN THE SCHEDULE, THERE IS TIME FOR STUDYING FOR THEIR NEXT FINALS AS WELL AS MAKE UP TIME.  ALSO, THE BOARD ADDRESSED THE LEASE FOR THE STUDENT I-PADS FOR THE FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS.  130 I-PADS WILL BE PURCHASED AT A COST OF 379 DOLLARS EACH.  THE BOARD APPROVED THE ONE-DOLLAR BUY BACK THREE-YEAR LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE STUDENT I-PADS FOR FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE AND AUTHORIZED THE SUPERINTENDENT TO SIGN THE CONTRACT.  THIS LEASE ALLOWS THE DISTRICT TO BUILD SOME EQUITY IN THE DEVICES, THEN AT THE END OF THE THREE YEARS THEY CAN BUY THE I-PADS FOR A DOLLAR EACH TO KEEP OR SELL, OR THEY CAN TRADE THEM IN.  THE DEVICES WILL BE THE BASIC MODELS WITH 16 MB AND WI-FI ONLY.  THE STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE I-PADS DURING THE DAY AND THEN WILL PLUG THEM IN AND THE I-PADS WILL STAY IN THE CLASSROOM TO BE CHECKED OUT THE NEXT DAY.  APRIL KARNOPP AND ROBERT WYATT WILL BE THE BOARD REPRESENTATIVES ON THE FACILITIES STEERING COMMITTEE THAT WILL MEET STARTING JANUARY 21ST.  THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE BOARD AT THE JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH HAS NOT BEEN WORKING.  THE COST TO REPLACE THE MESSAGE PART WOULD BE 96 HUNDRED DOLLARS WITH A FIVE YEAR WARRANTY.  THE BOARD LAST NIGHT ASKED THE SUPERINTENDENT TO INVESTIGATE ABOUT GETTING A STATIONARY INSERT INSTEAD OF THE ELECTRONIC ONE.  THE USD 211 ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM WAS GIVEN AUTHORITY TO ACT ON BEHALF OF USD 211 IN THE APPROVAL OF A REQUEST FOR ADMISSION TO THE MCL AND THE MCEL.  JOHN MAPES FROM MAPES AND MILLER PRESENTED THE FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012 AUDIT REPORT.  IT WAS ANOTHER CLEAN UNQUALIFIED REPORT AND HE WAS GIVEN APPROVAL TO FILE IT WITH THE STATE OFFICIALS.  JULIE LIEKER PRESENTED ARE REPORT ON THE SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM THAT SHE IS TEACHING IN HER KINDERGARTEN CLASS.  THE NORTON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PRESENTED 304.70 TO THE DISTRICT FROM TOOTSIE ROLL SALES TO BE USED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION.  SHOPKO HOMETOWN DONATED 25 HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THE DISTRICT.  THE DALE BUTLER ESTATE HAS BEEN SETTLED AND 291 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL BE COMING TO THE NORTON DISTRICT TO BE USED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.  THE BOARD NEGOTIATING TEAM WILL BE CHRIS HARTING, APRIL KARNOPP AND CRAIG RENNER TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE NORTON TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. THE NEXT MEETING OF THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE MONDAY JANUARY 14TH AT 7:30 IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE UNIFIED OFFICE.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.