iPad purchases OK’d for Huntington High
HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Board of Education approved the purchase of 1,400 new iPads for students and faculty at Huntington High School on Tuesday night.
The purchase replaces existing iPads at the school and is valued at $686,228, paid for through Title I funding, which is federal money allocated to schools serving low-income areas. The full cost includes necessary cases, locks, chargers and setup equipment.
The purchase does not fully equate to one device per student, as Huntington High’s enrollment is roughly 1,600 students this school year.
The county made a similar purchase of 1,250 new iPads earlier this year for Altizer Elementary, Central City Elementary, Explorer Academy, Guyandotte Elementary, Highlawn Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Huntington East Middle and Huntington Middle. The $473,750 total for that purchase was also funded through Title I.
In operations business, the board approved placing the former Park Hills Elementary School building up for public auction.
No date for an auction has been discussed, though it must be publicly announced prior to the sale.
Cabell County Schools auctioned two other former elementary schools in February: Geneva Kent for $130,000, and Peyton for $42,000.
Located at 2001 McCoy Road in Huntington, the roughly 13,000-square-foot former school, which operated from 1964-89, most recently housed the state’s Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) II branch for more than 25 years until the statewide RESA system was dissolved by the West Virginia Legislature in 2017.
Cabell County Schools has owned the property since the building’s construction and it is described as being in good condition. The building was occupied as office space through the end of June.
The board also approved an $11,349 change order to install blast film to the downstairs windows at the Cabell Alternative School in Huntington. The bid was awarded to City Construction Co. and funded through the district’s Permanent Improvement fund.
In personnel matters, Milton Middle School Principal Debbie Underwood has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 1. No replacement for her position has been named.
In other business, the board approved a field trip request for Huntington East Middle School’s Western Virginia Military Academy and the Lizzie Cabell Finishing School to travel to Carnifex Ferry State Park from Sept. 7-9 to participate in Civil War re-enactment activities. The trip will be paid for through school funds.
The Cabell County Board of Education next meets Tuesday, Sept. 18, and meets every first and third Tuesday at the board’s central office at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.