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Schools lease new computers, swear in board members

The Estacada School Board swore in three new board members, elected new officers and approved the acquisition of 855 new computers at its meeting Wednesday, July 15.

The new volunteer board members — Ken Riedel, Ben Wheeler and Jamie Smith — took the oath of office Wednesday evening after winning their seats in the special May 19 election.

Board member Jeromy Adamson was unanimously elected to be chairman for the 2015-16 school year. He replaces Rick Mudrow, who had been chairman. Mark Greene was elected vice chairman also by a unanimous vote.

The new all-volunteer school board approved a three-year lease for 800 new Chromebooks for students. Summit Learning, the charter school, will get 300 of these computers, funding them out of its budget.

Chromebooks are laptop computers designed primarily to be used while connected to the Internet. Schools are the biggest customer for Chromebooks.

The board also approved the purchase of 55 ThinkPad Lenovo laptops for teachers and administrators. The district has 90 licensed staff and 16 administrators.

Cyndi Rathbun, the district’s technology coordinator said the 800 leased student computers would put the district close to having one computer for every two students.

The new computers are part of the annual “refresh” program that which replaces older computers, said Superintendent Marla Stephenson.

The board also approved the purchase of a new dishwasher for $22,876 for the newly reopened River Mill Elementary School. The funds for the dishwasher had been secured by a grant, so the dishwasher will not cost the district any money, Stephenson said.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Clackamas River Elementary School, 301 N.E. Second Ave. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12.