CENTERBURG — Students at Centerburg schools will no longer be able to check their social media accounts at school, or at least that’s the plan.
At the Centerburg school board meeting Monday, middle and high school Principal Ryan Gallwitz explained that the district had installed a new WiFi filter. With the new filter, students will have to log in with their student email address, allowing the district to track everything they do online.
“It used to be very difficult to get the minute, minuscule data that said that this student clicked on this site,” said Gallwitz. “Now we can have access to that.”
Gallwitz said the new filter will create a better educational environment with fewer distractions. Before, students had been accessing restricted websites by downloading a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, on their school equipment. According to Gallwitz, students will not be able to bypass the new filter or use the school WiFi network on their cell phones.
The principal also shared that Stephen Parpart, high school guidance counselor, had recently submitted his resignation. Parpart’s last day will be Sept. 30.
“I can’t say enough about him. Great guy. Probably one of the best educators I’ve worked with in my career,” he said. “Obviously, it’s a huge loss.”
Gallwitz will begin interviewing candidates for the position today.
“My goal would be to get somebody on board in August, as soon as we can, so they can work with Steve and there will be a seamless transition,” said Gallwitz. “Steve is committed to a seamless transition.
During the public communications portion of the meeting, Brian Hetterscheidt mentioned that all are invited to Serve the Burg, a community-wide volunteering event. Anyone interested in participating should show up to the Centerburg Elementary School cafeteria by 9 a.m. on Sunday. Donuts will be provided, as well as lunch later in the day. Volunteers will be visiting seniors’ homes throughout the community to trim bushes, clean gutters and windows and deliver meals as well as cleaning up the bike trail.
Other board business included:
•Approving a quote from D&K Hathaway for drainage at the bus garage and drainage and leveling of the high school grounds for $48,300.
•Accepting a quote from Rauland Soundcom Systems for the installation of a district-wide paging system with alternates to be installed over the 2019 Christmas break.
•Approving a completion of repair assessment for the middle and high school HVAC system from Superior Building Services at a rate of $13,900.
•Approving a special duty contract with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for a school resource officer for the 2019-2020 school year.
•Approving stipends for detention monitors and after school homework helpers at a rate of $20 per hour.
•Approving Staci Culbertson and Nicole McVicker as flag corps advisors for the 2019-2020 school year.
•Approving Kim Rahde as a Title 1 tutor.
•Approving a resolution extending the master supply agreement with Direct Energy Business.