FOLLOWING HIS LAST regular meeting of the Pana School Board as the district’s assistant superintendent, members of the board gather around David Dively, seated, right.
Mr. Dively will be retiring next month at the end of a 33-year career with the Pana School District.
Seated to the left is Pana School Superintendent Dr. David Lett.
Standing in back, from left are Dr. Bill Beyers, Dave Koontz, board president; Clint Foor, secretary of the board; John Metzger, board vice-president; Aaron Schafer and John McLeod.
Board member Rosemary Carlson was absent.
(Tom Latonis Photo)
Acclaiming the past and welcoming the new, members of the Pana School Board bid ado to Assistant School Superintendent David Dively and also voted to launch a pilot program on the cutting edge of technology during its Monday, May 19, meeting.
Mr. Dively is retiring after a 33-year career with the school district. He was appointed Assistant School Superintendent in 2002. Prior, he was the Director of the Pana Adult Center and the district’s Technology Coordinator from 1996-2002. He began his career in Pana in 1981, teaching business and computer in the high school.
“He was a great comfort and help to a new superintendent when I came to this job,” Pana School Superintendent Dr. David Lett said. “We were probably in about the same financial situation back then as we are now. He helped chart the course of this district and I was glad he was there.”
As Technology Coordinator, Dively took the school district from its infancy with computer technology and moved it to the point where it is now. Members of the board unanimously approved a pilot program which will put computers in the hands of all seventh grade students next school year, replacing the traditional textbooks.
The vote was 6-0 with board member Rosemary Carlson absent. Estimated price tag for the initial program is almost $35,000. The plan is to purchase 120 Chrome book computers which will act as textbooks for the students. Some of those computers will be for teachers and there will be some for use when a student’s computer needs repairs, battery is dead or the student leaves theirs at home.
“A lot of things still have to be worked out,” Technology Coordinator Jennifer Miller told the board.
She is currently helping to develop a series of guidelines for the program, which is patterned after a similar program being implemented in the Rochester School District.
It was announced Pana High School Principal Gayle McRoberts and current Tower Hill Jefferson Middle School Principal and soon to be principal at Lincoln Elementary School Debbie Zueck, will be retiring from their positions in four years, at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.
Lori Ade, Buildings and Grounds Director, said plans have been drawn up and personnel is ready to go for the moving of books, desks and equipment to the various schools in Pana as Jefferson is closed at the end of the school year.
Graduation at Pana High School is Friday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pana High School gym. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 3.
The school board meeting came to a close at 8:37 p.m.