WEST LAFAYETTE -- During their recent Ridgewood School Board meeting, the board announced plans to upgrade the school system's teaching implements.

Ridgewood is planning to purchase 22 interactive, electronic systems that are known as Smart Boards. A total of 20 units will be used at the elementary and middle school and two others will be installed at the local vocational school.

According to Superintendent Rick Raach, the school is hoping to have at least 10 units installed by the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year with that plan tentative to the available funding. Raach said the funding for the $3,365 per each system will be taken from permanent improvement levy, vocational and instructional funding that has been "set aside."

"The ultimate goal is to have the Smart Boards in each and every classroom eventually," Raach said.

Ridgewood High School students are currently also experimenting with a unit known as a Thin Client (a smaller unit that replaces a traditional computer work station). Raach said he believed the units "could be very cost effective."

Other business from the May 18 session included:

* A proposal for a 3 percent pay increase for the secretaries, accounting and payroll clerks was not approved at this time.

* Two year contracts (Aug. 1, 2009 through July 31, 2011) with pay increase was approved for Doug Patterson, transportation and building and grounds supervisor, and Shirley Smith, network technology coordinator.

* Jeff Watson was hired as curriculum director/testing coordinator and special education assistant, with a one year contract. Watson was approved to work up to eighty days at a per diem rate of $225 with no benefits.

* Jobs for Ohio Graduates program was approved at a cost of $10,000.

The next regular board meeting has been changed to June 15 at 7 p.m.