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story.lead_photo.caption Rosalind Davis, left, is sworn in as the newest member of the Liberty-Eylau Board of Trustees. Photo by Andrew Bell / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Texas — Liberty-Eylau Board of Trustees swore in a new member and approved tech purchases at its regular meeting Thursday night.

An oath of office was administered to Rosalind Davis, who was recently elected as a board member to replace Brad Haugh.

Following the swearing in of Davis, Dr. Ceretha Levingston requesting board approval for the purchase of additional Chromebooks for the early childhood center, elementary and middle school campuses.

The board approved this purchase, which will cost $95,805.

"The additional Chromebooks will allow students more opportunities to access online educational resources," Levingston said.

The board also approved the purchase of Clevertouch interactive boards for Liberty-Eylau Middle School's campus, in the amount of $33,586.

"These boards will provide a collaborative learning space that enhances student engagement through interactive applications," Levingston said.

These purchases will be paid for with Title 1 funds.

Business Manager Frank Rougeou reported that the district ended the month of October with $6.7 million in total cash and investments and collected $7.1 million in revenue as of Oct. 31.

Superintendent Ronnie Thompson reported that the district's bond refunds came in at about $15,000 more in savings than was projected.

Thompson said enrollment is now at 2,298, which is down around 79 students from last year at this time. The number of students who are engaging in in-person learning is now up to 81%, compared to about 78% last month.

Thompson said it's helpful to have more students at school because in-person learning is the most effective learning method.


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