Boonville schools accept printer bids just in time for school year

The Boonville School board decided to adopt a local plan for compliance with state and federal regulations at the Wednesday evening meeting. This in turn implements the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
According to Director of Special Services Patti Ehlers, school districts are required to address the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) model plan or adopt their plan with the district's own revisions. Ehlers stated very few districts would veer off from DESE's plan.
It was Ehlers recommendation to continue with the district's current model.  
The adoption also made it possible for the continuation with programs dealing with developmental delays in young children. Ehlers added in a memo to the board the district can with this program, qualify children early on, which may not otherwise qualify for a school age disability.
"This will help them perform better when they go to kindergarten," Ehlers stated
The program is  paid totally by the state.
In further news, the Boonville R-1 School district ended a summer long discussion on district-wide printer bids and voted unanimously to accept a bid from Ricoh, a company located in Columbia. The decision was based partly because the district already has Ricoh printers and the staff is familiar with them. Also, Ricoh was the lowest bidder.
Director of Technologies Kevin Carpenter said since school is beginning soon, getting the staff acquainted with different printers, especially with the installing of new drivers on every computer in the district, would be very time consuming.
Ricoh representative Erin McGruder said she was excited about the continued partnership between Ricoh and the Boonville R-1 School District.
Boonville R-1 School Superintendent Mark Ficken said in his superintendent's report the time before school starts is closing fast.
"I wish I could tell you we are ready for school to begin tomorrow but that is not the case," Ficken said.
He said staff is working constantly to make the August 14 school opening date and with school beginning earlier this year, he said it has been really hard because of the less preparation time.
Furthermore, Septagon Construction has updated the Boonville R-1 Capitol Improvement Plan with updated rough cost estimates. A committee will now look at the cost and decide the exact order of completion of each item.