2017-04-20 / Community

USA school board hears security update

SEBEWAING — After reading a report on increasing cyber attacks against school districts, Unionville- Sebewaing Area Superintendent George Rierson asked USA Information Technology Coordinator Cindy Gettel-Herman to present to the board about the security of USA’s system.

In board presentations at the recent school board meeting, Gettel-Herman presented a Technology System Security Update Summary to the board about systems in-place to provide security to the district’s information system and the students, staff and parents who utilize the system for teaching, learning and communications. The district has an updated and multi-layered approach to data system security. Gettel-Herman recommended additional back-up storage space be considered in the near future for additional security.

In other presentation, Superintendent Rierson presented an update on the progress of the TCCAN planning grant. Areas of focus have been determined by a TCCAN leadership team and data has been gathered to measure baseline status of variables related to career and college readiness of students who attend Tuscola County schools. The next step for the TCCAN is to determine if there is adequate funding to support a hiring a full-time director.

Also, Rierson reported on activities in the district to raise awareness of autism during Autism Awareness Month: the elementary school will have presentations on autism during morning assembly; staff will wear T-shirts with the puzzle piece logo; a bulletin board was created by second grade teacher Beth Chapman, the Autism Coach at the Elementary School; and the middle school students will hear a presentation from guidance counselor Lindsay Bitzer and a current student with autism. Autism Coaches receive yearly training and resources through the district’s participation in the State Autism Resources and Training (START) program sponsored by Grand Valley State University.

In new business, the board awarded Esch Landscaping the lawn mowing and trimming services bid in the amount of $18,450 in 2017, $19,450 in 2018 and $20,450 in 2019.

The board rescheduled the Regular May Board Meeting. The regular May Board Meeting date is on May 8, however the Board must meet no sooner than May 15 to select a representative for the biennial meeting to elect TISD board members. By changing the regular meeting to May 15, the board will be able to hold only one meeting to conduct regular business and to select a representative for the biennial ISD board member election.

The board approved payables: General Fund $408,857; Food Service $23,135; Capital Projects Payables $19,401; Capital Tech Projects $7,369; Debt Service Funds $575.

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