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Cline Named Elementary Principal, MINUTES INCLUDED

Adam ClineAdam Cline of Russell has been named the new principal of Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools in Russell.

The announcement was made Monday evening at the USD 407 Board of Education meeting.

Cline, most recently a fourth grade teacher at Bickerdyke, is a 1997 Russell High School graduate. He replaces Kent Michel.

In other action Monday, the Board approved moving forward with the 1:1 initiative, a project that will provide all high school and eighth grade students as well as staff with tablets next school year.

Superintendent Dave Couch explains.

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The Latitudes were bought last year and will be recycled down to the eighth graders. The project will cost about $265,000 and will be paid through capital outlay on a three year lease schedule.

Facilities were addressed in detail again Monday night as well.

Couch says the Board basically scrapped the idea of building a new facility.

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The upgrades that need to be done at the current facilities are estimated to cost between $12 and $18 million though, so a bond issue will probably still be needed, according to Couch.

Along with that, the Board talked about a more immediate need - the installation of astroturf at the RHS football and baseball fields and the installation of a new eight-lane track. Safety concerns, such as the hardness of the football field due to the lack of grass and the slickness of the track when wet, were discussed. The project would cost around $1.5 million. The Board is expected to hold a special meeting yet this month to further discuss how they want to proceed.

The Board also approved an agreement to continue the baseball cooperative with Victoria for another two years and voted to raise all district meal charges 25 cents.

And along with the announcement of Cline's hire, it was also announced Monday night that Zach Meyer of Hays has been hired to replace outgoing Technology Director Cory Funk. Meyer comes from the Hays school district.

CLICK HERE for the meeting minutes.

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