1:1 Technology Presentation
The initiative will be phased in over a period of four years with a price tag of $1,293,385.00.
Year One: The Program will be piloted in select classes in 8th, 9th, and 10th Grade. Riverdale and Houston Middle will both participate in the 8th Grade pilot. At the high school, both standard and honors classes will be selected to participate. The schools will share a tech person.
Year Two: The pilot program will be expanded to all 8th and 9th Graders. Every student in those grades will receive a device that can be taken home. And a full-time tech will be hired for each school.
Year Three: The program expands to students in Grades 7 and 10.
Year Four: The program expands to students in Grades 6 and 12
Other Noteworthy Details: The devices (iPads, AirMacs, or whatever is chosen by GMSD) will be leased and parents may be expected to pay an insurance fee for devices that go home with students. Also, interactive white boards currently in the classrooms will be phased out and replaced with flat screen Apple TVs. GMSD will be amending its budget to reflect a new one-time-only grant from the state of Tennessee that will offset some of the costs.
Instructional Program Policies
[Note to Readers: school might be out for summer but the school board continues to meet year round. Very important policies could be decided during the summer break. Don't get surprised by changes, be sure to follow the school board business during the summer months too.]
Houston Middle School will receive a new asphalt overlay for the parking lot. Bids started 5-7-15.
Houston Middle School will replace its tile gym floor with a new wooden floor to be completed Summer 2015.
Houston High School will upgrade its heating and air conditioning system from zone control to a total control system. This will allow each classroom to have air or heat without having to operate air or heat in an entire zone of classrooms. The cost will be $120,000 but the cost savings from more efficient operations and updated equipment is expected to offset the expense.
Houston High School is planning on a new astroturf football field installation. The project will be funded entirely by donations with an estimated cost of $700,000. Once installed, the football team will be able to use the field as both a playing field and a practice field. This will resolve any problems of possibly losing part of the current practice field to planned drainage improvements for the area. Even though funding is being donated, the school board will need to vote on approving the project consultant. Athletic Services Plus is the recommended choice .
To move forward on funding the capital projects, Mr. Manuel explained that the Germantown Mayor and Board of Aldermen have requested the school district provide them with some estimated costs. GMSD will be hiring an architectural firm to help provide reliable estimates of costs. The following were considered:
Allen & Hoshall
Bounds and Gillespie Architects, PLLC
McGehee, Nicholson, Burke Architects
A2H was the recommended choice as the new GMSD architect. The company employs 87 people and operates offices in two states. If A2H is approved by the school board, Stewart Smith would be the project manager for the new Riverdale expansion. Click here to see their initial drawing for the proposed new 49,000 square foot building. Among those who worked on the proposal is an A2H site planner who attended Riverdale as a child and is now a Riverdale parent.
The Riverdale expansion would be located in the front of the current main school building and contain classrooms, a new gym, and administrative offices. When asked, A2H representatives said locating the new building in the front of the school would provide the most esthetic value and the greatest access to current parking. The building is expected to be "nestled" into the sloping hill in the front school yard so that it will not tower above neighborhood homes or be at eye level with Millers' Farm Road. The expansion will also eliminate the more than 20 portable classrooms on Riverdale's campus.
A2H is anticipating being paid on a percentage basis for the capital improvements but each project will have its own price tag. At this point, for the capital projects to move forward, the school board will need to approve an architect firm at its next business meeting to present firm numbers to the City of Germantown's Mayor and Board of Alderman for bond approval. Any final contract to design and construct the Riverdale expansion or build the new elementary school would then need to be approved by the school board. Despite these hoops still needing to be jumped, GMSD is hoping to open the doors of the new Riverdale expansion in time for the 2016-2017 school year.