Board of Education approves $48.2 million budget

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education on Monday approved the 2011-2012 budget of $48,274,429. No patrons of the district came forward during the public hearing regarding the budget and the six board members present unanimously approved the proposal. Board President Tammy Thomas was absent for family reasons but she spoke highly of the budget in a previous Explorer article.

The board also approved the purchase of 420 new laptops for the district at a cost of $161K. Money for the laptops will come from the capital outlay budget and will be the first wave in a district effort to update the current fleet of computers that are eight-nine years old. According to several district educators at the meeting, the laptops are necessary for state assessment tests, which are all online now. The board plans to phase more new computers in over the coming months.

Changes to the employee handbook were also approved by the board and staff reported on the progress of the De Soto High School Phase II project, which should be going to bid next week. The board expects to award a contract at the Oct. 10 meeting.

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