“Do we buy video games?
Hank Yeargan, a member of the Glynn County School Board, posed this question to school administrators Thursday, during a presentation on a plan to purchase gaming computers and other equipment to promote opportunities. ports.
Yes, replied Tracolya Green, assistant superintendent. But these devices are meant to help students compete in a rapidly changing market that offers students immense potential, she said.
The school board will vote Tuesday on whether to spend just over $6,000 on the devices.
The devices are expensive, Green said, due to the high-performance systems and graphics needed to compete in esports programs. The devices will also create opportunities to learn about digital and graphic design, as well as other educational programs.
“So this quote is basically that – our official step into the 21st century with more advanced technology in Glynn County Public Schools,” Green said. “The funds are already allocated in the CARES budget under STEM.”
Esports is a GHSA-sanctioned activity that appeals to a group of students who may not be involved in other extracurricular activities, Green said. The esports industry is also growing at a rapid pace all over the world.
“More people watch the League of Legends World Championship than the NFL, the Super Bowl and the NBA Championship,” Green said.
In other business, the school board plans to vote on two agreements that will expand the scope of the Literacy to Learn, Live and Lead in Georgia (L4GA) grant funds provided to the school system.
A component of the funding is meant to be dedicated to supporting local efforts targeted towards children from birth to 5 years old. Preschool programs in the school system are already receiving funding.
The school board will vote on a memorandum of understanding with Marshes of Glynn Libraries to provide L4GA funds to expand the Take 5 program, which provides five weeks of books and learning tools to preschool students. The plan is to expand the program to include HeadStart students and home daycares.
“This memorandum of understanding would allow us to support this program this year and next with up to $50,000 a year from our grant funds,” said Valerie Whitehead, School Improvement Manager.
The second MOU is with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and would see L4GA funds go to its Early Literacy Academy, located at the former site of McIntyre Court.
The academy serves children ages 3 to 5 who participate in literacy activities with their parents.
“For the same amount, up to $50,000 for this year and next, we would be able to support their efforts at their Early Literacy Academy,” Whitehead said.
Yeargan also proposed during the business session a resolution for the Board to vote on that would express support for the state to designate funding for the expansion of the Brunswick campus of Coastal Pines Technical College.
Expanding the Coastal Pines campus and programming would benefit local students, Yeargan said.
The school board is due to discuss the resolution at its meeting, which will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. and will be streamed online on the school district’s Facebook and YouTube pages.