By Ray King

The Star City School Board voted Monday to use federal money from the CARES Act to buy student computers and to use regular technology money to update the computer labs at all three of the district’s campuses.

According to the Lincoln Ledger newspaper, Superintendent Jon Laffoon said most of the computers in those labs are 11 to 12 years old and needed to be replaced.

In other business, the board voted to approve a resolution created by the Arkansas School Board Association that would waive policies that might conflict with the government or state Board of Education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendance policies are one example as those might change if schools have to shut down.

The newspaper said that resolution is intended to be temporary and will continue until Governor Asa Hutchinson or the Arkansas General Assembly declares an end to the state of emergency, or the board revokes the resolution in whole or in part.

Director of Student Services Jordan Frizzell, who will become superintendent of the district July 1, reported that new lights at Bulldog Stadium will be going up this week and plans are underway to put astro turf on the football beginning July 1.