Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

August 16, 2013

Pleasantville preparing for year

By Steve Woodhouse Editor
The Journal Express

---- — Pleasantville School Superintendent Bob Miller said he and his staff are “gearing up” for a new school year.

This summer has been a busy one for physical plant improvements. New carpet has been set in the buildings, as well as a great deal of painting.

The biggest project of the summer is the replacement of the high school gym floor. The floor now has the Old English “P” for Pleasantville at mid-court. This will become the new standard logo for Pleasantville’s sports teams. A new design for the Trojan head is also painted on the court. Miller is expecting new wall mats to arrive soon, with the updated logos.

Near the baseball and softball fields, one can see the frame for a new locker room/indoor practice facility. According to Miller, Baseball Coach Sheldon Card raised the money for this new building, which is expected to be completed before next summer.

Pleasantville is entering its third year of participation in Apple’s 1:1 laptop computer program. Miller said he and the board will have to begin to study how it will want to move forward with technology in the future, as the current contract will expire next year. The district will have to decide whether or not it wants to continue to laptops or switch to tablets or explore an agreement with another company or whether or not any form of the program should continue. Many schools, including Knoxville, will face this decision as well.

The district is switching its information system this year as well. As technology within the district has been upgraded, the tech infrastructure at the schools also needs upgraded. The new system should be able to meet increased Internet demands, while offering the administration the ability to better block some websites students are not allowed to access on school-owned equipment.

One of Miller’s goals for the year is to develop a student technology team to assist with minor computer issues. A technology planning session was held near the end of last school year, with three students attending. All three are eager to serve on the tech team, according to Miller.