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Monroe School Board: Feb. 20, 2016
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MONROE - At a meeting Feb. 8, the Monroe school board:

• Approved the purchase of a Dell network backup system consisting of two servers/storage devices and software for a total of about $22,865, plus a $6,800 annual licensing fee. Business Administrator Ron Olson said the system would allow the district to back up all of its servers, virtual servers and data. He said the district's current system has been failing over the last three months, first slowing down the network and then only backing up critical services instead of everything. The network issue wasn't affecting schools much, Olson said.

The final negotiated cost for the Dell system is about $12,000 less than the original cost and more than $20,000 less than competitors.

"For 22 (thousand dollars), I'm flabbergasted," said Brian Keith, the board's treasurer.

• Gave initial approval of 24 policy reviews and revisions, including changes to policy JFBA on "Open Enrollment Program: Admission of Fulltime Nonresident Students." The revisions to JFBA were recommended by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards because of changes to special education open enrollment funding made by the state, according to District Administrator Cory Hirsbrunner.

• Approved the retirements of instructional staff members Jeff Starz, Monroe High School special education, and Jim Ingold, Parkside Elementary School physical education.

• Accepted a donation of $250 from Monroe Municipal Employees Local No. 3760 to be used by the MHS technical education department.

• Discussed BoardDocs, a cloud-based management system for governing bodies, and the possibility of purchasing the LT version. The system would allow board members to access agendas and other shared resources across multiple devices. Board members noted the pros of getting BoardDocs - including time savings for secretaries, postage and paper savings and the ability to search previous agendas - and said there were no cons. The board is slated to decide whether or not to purchase BoardDocs at a meeting Monday.

• Approved a course options request, allowing a student to take two classes through Blackhawk Technical College.

• Approved alternative open enrollment requests for two students to attend the Monroe school district.

• Went into closed session to discuss personnel issues.

Amy Bazley, board clerk, and Scott Schmidt, vice president, were absent.

MONROE - At a meeting Feb. 8, the Monroe school board's finance committee:

• Authorized Olson to vote in support of the City of Monroe TIF 7 Amendment at the Joint Review Board meeting on behalf of the Monroe school district. The city council has already approved the amendment.

- Susan Endres