MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County School District Board of Directors will meet for a voting meeting next week.
In preparation, the council organized a workshop on Wednesday evening to discuss the next items on the agenda.
Superintendent Gary Dawson said he would ask council next week to approve a new elective course for Juniata High School. Introduction to Electricity and Electrons is intended for students in grades 9 to 12.
Dawson said the school has existing staff to teach the class and will only require minor costs for supplies. The course will be open to all students as an option, during which they will learn about switches, insulators, integrated circuits and more.
If there is interest, the elective course could also be offered at East Juniata High School, he said.
Also during the workshop, Dawson said the district copiers are nearing the end of their contractual arrangement. He said some copiers are heavily used and are starting to break down. Others see lighter use and are still in good working order.
Due to supply chain shortages, the district seeks to keep copiers in working order until the supply chain slackens and replace only those copiers that start to fail.
Typically, JCSD will enter into a five-year lease for copiers, but due to the integrated approach, it will this time seek to approve a three-year lease.
In addition, JCSD had encountered problems with its district-wide network. Dawson said when the issues were resolved, an issue was detected with the main switch – the main room that manages the entire network.
“Ours is at the end of its life”, he said.
While workers were able to troubleshoot the switch and keep it running a bit longer, it will need to be replaced soon.
Again, due to shortages in the supply chain, there could be a 90 to 180 day delay, Dawson said. This piece of equipment is not a standard item; it is built for the specific network.
Dawson said a meeting is scheduled for today. Depending on the progress, this item may be added to the agenda for next week.
The board of directors will hold its voting meeting on January 20 at 8 p.m.