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Plymouth School Board Considers Contract for Learning Management System

May 3, 2014

The agenda for the May 6 Plymouth School Board meeting was released on Friday. The meetings are open to the public however, comments from the audience are limited to agenda items only.

Among other items, the Board will consider entering into a four-year contract for a Learning Management System. Plymouth Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dan Funston, said every teacher in the school system was invited to preview the system and that there is a lot of excitement about the adoption of the program.

Among other things, the program would allow teachers to interact individually with students, build units, and design on-line courses.

The proposed contract shows a product purchase of Canvas Cloud Subscription for 3,950 subscriptions for the first year at $8,076.00 with a premium support fee of $1,615.00. Contract inclusions for years two, three, and four show fees of $34,602.00 (year two), $36,340.00 (year three) and $36,340.00 (year four).

Additional fees include non-recurring fees for guided implementation, power school integration, and maintenance for a total of $16,500.00.

The combined totals are set at $133,473.00.

According to Funston, the school corporation will have to pay the total for first year; however, subsequent years could be “e-rated” meaning reimbursement by governmental agency.

Additional Business Agenda items include: Report of Facility Study Group; review of handbooks for K-12; consideration of K-4 textbook fees; and consideration of temporary advancement resolution.

Consent Agenda items include, but are not limited to, the following considerations: Migrant overnight trip to Washington, DC; Lincoln Junior High National Middle School Speech Tournament in Kansas; FFA State Convention overnight; Portuguese Club overnight trip to Chicago; and PHS Girl’s Basketball Mission Trip to Costa Rica.

Resignation of teachers effective in June include: Sarah Glassburn (Riverside), Elizabeth Schmucker (Webster). Earl Boyer (PHS), Heather McIntosh (Webster), Meghan McCarthy (LJH), Tonya Tozydlo (BHC), Taylor Brown (WDA), Allison Stone (Riverside), Taylor Tice (Menominee), and Samantha Arvesen (LJH).

Carol Anders Correspondent