The Joshua school district is set to receive about $380,000 in additional funding for technology upgrades, according to Mike McSwain, director of finance.

The district will likely purchase 400 to 500 new computers with the money, McSwain said.

The funds will arrive thanks to a weighted average daily attendance agreement with Hallsville ISD, which the Joshua board of trustees approved Monday. Weighted average daily attendance has to do with the number of students in school.

As a property-rich school district, Hallsville, under the so-called Robin Hood plan that funds public education in Texas, has the option of sending money to the state for disbursement or partnering with another school district, McSwain said. He said the benefit of partnering with another district is that Hallsville gets to retain an additional $200,000.

Trustees also awarded a bid to Stuppy Greenhouse Solutions in the amount of $32,948 for a greenhouse to be built in the high school’s agricultural complex. The school’s horticultural program will use the greenhouse, according to Dortha Dickerson, personnel director.

Also Monday, trustees approved an incentives plan for teachers. Dickerson said the district will pay incentives to campus staff members whose campuses maintain or improve state ratings of exemplary, recognized or improved, or who receive a Gold Acknowledgment Award.

In other action, trustees:

F Hired a pre-kindergarten teacher for Caddo Grove Elementary School.

F Appointed School Health Advisory Council members for the 2005-06 school year.



Matt Smith can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2339, or msmith@trcle.com

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