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Schools panel backs renewing library software contract

September 10, 2010
Educators want to renew a contract for library software, allowing school officials to track books at school libraries. During a recent meeting of the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee meeting of the Warren County School District’s board of directors, members voted unanimously to forward a proposal for the renewal to the full board. Director of Secondary Education Amanda Hetrick said the renewal required board approval since it exceeded $10,000. An invoice on the district’s website listed an amount of $11,680. It also stated the district received the bill Aug. 5 from the Illinois-based Follett Software Company School Board member Mary Anne Paris asked how long the renewal would last. Hetrick said it expires again in one year. “Librarians use it to check books in and out,” Hetrick said. “It lets them know what they have on the shelves.” Committee member Jack Werner asked if any alternatives existed to the software. Hetrick said libraries could resume the outdated use of stamps and cards. The committee’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Warren County Career Center.


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