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School Board OKs track, auditorium seating contracts

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

The Huntington Community Schools Board of Trustees Monday approved contracts for replacing auditorium seating at the high school and replacing the track at Crestview and Riverview middle schools.

Superintendent Randy Harris presented a $1.5 million contract with Irwin Seating to replace 950 auditorium seating at the high school.

New seating will include wooden arm rests and red fabric, Harris said.

“We will have a nice auditorium for years to come and have plans to also replace the carpet,” he explained.

Harris said the auditorium seating is 40 years old.

The board also approved a $243,820 bid with E & B Paving to mill and resurface the tracks at Riverview and Crestview middle schools. An alternative bid of $8,746 approved for additional paving if needed.

“The track at Crestview is peeling and needs replaced and the track at Riverview has cracks in spots where much of the problem is making sure the weeds and grass don’t grow up,” Harris explained.

He said there has not been a lot of maintenance provided on the tracks in awhile and they need to be taken care of.

In other business, the board approved a technology plan for the school district from 2018 to 2020.

Thomas Ashley, Huntington Community Schools technology director, presented the plan to the board.

“Our focus is on supporting teachers and students to effectively use technology to enhance instruction, not just how to use technology,” Ashley said.

A committee completed a process to identify technology related challenges in the support of learning in the classroom.

Five priorities emerged from the process, including supporting twenty-first century instruction, safety and security of technology, updating and improving technology, and providing technical and instructional support to administration.

Ashley said the school corporation recently upgraded its WiFi and internet connection to five gigabytes per second. Video projection screens have been upgraded across the district as well.