The following took place at the Aiken County School Board's Jan. 24 meeting:
- The board approved upgrading the school system's video conference equipment. The company that has provided video conference services for the district will be discontinuing its services for Aiken County schools beginning June 1. The services cost the district $65,000 a year. To continue video conference capabilities, the district approved the purchase of its own equipment, which would have a one-time cost of $210,000. The new equipment might be eligible for state technology reimbursement funds. This year, 13 courses are being offered through video conference, equaling approximately 2.6 teaching positions.
- The Chukker Creek Elementary School construction project is past the midway point. The new roof is 85 percent complete along with the installation of windows.
- Survey forms were distributed to pupils in October to determine how many are eligible for Impact Aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Impact Aid funds are provided to school districts that have pupils residing on, or parents working on, federal property. The survey results show that 2,878 pupils are eligible for the aid program.
- The Aiken County Career and Technology Center has received a grant award of $5,500 to assist in conducting the career and technology education project "CTE Reserve-Virtual Enterprises." The program creates a simulated business environment enabling students to experience what it is like to be an employee in a real company. The grant award will be used for teacher training and to purchase business software.
- The board ratified its plan to bar from schools those pupils who cause a disruption in the educational process or the orderly operation of a school.
The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the district office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive, in Aiken.