The board was presented with a $13,000 grant from the Greater Birmingham Community Foundation at its monthly meeting Monday.
James McCrary, of the foundation, said, “We are very excited to give this donation because we are certain that it will facilitate an exceptional learning atmosphere in these city schools.”
Superintendent Robert Sparkman is very confident that the grant will immediately impact the city’s students.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” Sparkman said. “What’s even better is that, through this, we have established a relationship with the Greater Birmingham Community Foundation. When they see us do good things with this grant it will add to a long lasting relationship.”
Technical Coordinator of the Jasper City School System, Susan Chandler said, “We will be buying iPod Touch carts with the grant money we have received. As college professors place lectures on the feature iTunesU, our teachers will be able to download things that go along with their lesson plans. As the plans sync with the students’ iPods, the learning process will be greatly enhanced.”
In other action:
• Sparkman presented a powerpoint presentation and brochure describing the Jasper City School Excellence in Education Program. The all-volunteer fundraising organization’s goal is to serve the students of Jasper by providing financial support for high quality programs and activities.
• The Board recognized the Walker High School Softball team on what has been yet another successful season. The team finished amongst the top 16 teams in the state, garnering a 25-18 record. Assistant Coach Rebecca Cobb attended to accept the award.
• The Board recognized 4 new teacher and two new board members.
• The Board also approved the following: A personnel report, the disposal of surplus items, the Parent/Student Handbook for the 2010-2011 school year, two overnight student field trips, the District salary schedule for 2010-2011, a presentation of bank reconciliations, and a financial report.