It probably was not what any superintendent ever wanted to tell a school board just four days before a new school year was due to start.
But, Booneville Schools superintendent John K. Parrish warned board members they can expect to receive phone calls.
The problem with senior high parents might be concerning technology. In June the board approved having the high school go to a one-to-one program where students are given Chrome Books on which will reside text books and other learning tools, eliminating the need for books to be taken home. Some textbooks will still reside on campus.
“Don’t be surprised if you get a phone call. There are going to be some headaches. We’re going to stumble and have some problems. (Booneville High School Principal) Mr. (Trent) Goff is going to have his hands full,” said Parrish.
Issues that could arise, he said, include having 250 students trying to simultaneously log on could still present problems, despite the district doubling its wireless capacity in anticipation of the Chrome Book plan.
However, the superintendent is not assigning blame, other than growing pains.
“It’s not going to be (technology coordinator) Misty’s (Simpson) fault. It’s not going to be Mr. Goff’s fault,” said Parrish. “Clarksville had issues when they went one-to-one, Paris did and we’re going to. Be patient with us when we go through that.”
Goff said the students would be getting the Chrome Books as early as today. Policy forms were sent home on Monday, the first day of school, for parent’s signatures, Goff said.
The Chrome Books cost about $115,000, and an additional $10,000 for book covers was paid for with National School Lunch Act funds.
Calls from parents of junior high students might be in reference to a construction-related disruption at the school.
“I think you already knew the roof project was going to start when school started,” said Parrish. “The issue was we could not get enough bidders to bid on the project if we insisted that the work started June 1st, because all the roofers were lined up during the summer.
“We’re going to have some headaches. It’s not the best way to start the first three or four months of school but it is what it is.”
Necessitated by hail damage, the roof at the junior high and at the school’s gymnasium, Rippy Fieldhouse and the new portion of the agriculture building are all being replaced.
Parrish said should the removal of the roof be such that learning is severely hindered principal Scottie Pierce will be moving students to other classrooms.
The work in the gymnasium will include adding insulation in the building and making it more cosmetically appealing, Parrish said, which could cause some volleyball games to be shifted to the elementary school physical education building, which also serves as the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County.
“Hopefully there won’t be a lot of that,” Parrish added.
“There’s a lot of things going on but we’re trying to make it where our kids can be more proud of the facilities they have,” Parrish also said.