Grant purchased admin's iPads

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By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

A non-agenda item highlighted Tuesday's School Board of Levy County meeting.
During the "board comments" phase near the end of the one-hour meeting, board member Robert Philpot of Williston asked about where the funds came from to purchase iPads for district administrators because the "perception is out there" the money came out the General Fund Budget, he said. That was not the case as the funds used to purchase iPads came from a grant — not the general fund — meant to help with classroom walkthroughs and other aspects of teacher evaluations.
"None are being used to download (music) or games," said Board Chair Rick Turner.
Another non-agenda item of interest was about the close of a sale on a parcel of land in Cedar Key. The property, which superintendent Bob Hastings said is valued at about $75,000, was purchased for $7,019, as the board only had to pay the back taxes to take over ownership because the land was donated.
The land will increase student experiences, especially in Cedar Key's vaunted aquaculture programs, as it has access to the Gulf of Mexico.

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