Some Columbia County school board members decline new iPads

Columbia County school board members didn’t seem too interested in receiving new Apple iPads when given the option Tuesday.

Three of the five board members are eligible in Jan­uary to receive a new laptop issued by the school system. School Superintendent Charles Nagle said they could instead receive a new iPad, ranging in price from $529-$729.

“That’s totally up to you,” he said. “I think that should be your choice.”

Chairwoman Regina Bucca­fusco and board members Mike Sleeper and Roxanne Whitaker said they didn’t want an iPad.

“I say we save the money and use it for something else,” Whitaker said.

The board agreed to let members make their own decision.

The board approved a change of venue request at Tuesday’s meeting, moving Harlem High School’s graduation in May from James Brown Arena in Augusta to the school’s football stadium.

Harlem High Principal Diet­mar Perez said senior class officers asked him to hold the graduation on campus at 7 p.m. May 24. Polled twice, 91 percent of the 170-member senior class approved the decision, he said.

Parents seemed to agree with the idea, Perez said, after he asked them to contact him with any concerns.

“I only had three parents that replied and said they thought it was a great idea,” he said.

The ceremony would be moved inside the school in case of inclement weather, limiting the number of guests. Columbia County’s four other high schools will continue holding ceremonies at the downtown arena.

Because the ceremonies last nearly the entire day, Nagle recommended that board members consider spanning the graduations across two days.

Board members agreed to table a middle school rezoning until Nov. 27 to have more time to consider the proposal. The rezoning would shift 350 pupils at Columbia, Evans, Greenbrier and Grovetown Middle schools.

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