NEW FRANKLIN  When students return to class later this month in the Manchester Local School District, they will notice some new improvements, some of which are security upgrades.

Superintendent James Robinson said a lot of time has been spent this summer upgrading security at the buildings throughout the district, including a more secure entrance at Nolley Elementary School.

In addition to the security updates, there are some technology upgrades being rolled out. All high school students will receive a Chromebook, which will be assigned to each student. Robinson said this will greatly help students of which some don’t have computers at home. He said there will be third-party insurance offered for the Chromebooks for any parents interested.

Robinson said the Chromebooks are in addition to textbooks and they aren’t being brought in to replace anything, but rather to add to the learning experience.

The district expects to get between three and five years out of the Chromebook, Robinson said. The district has moved some of the existing Chromebooks to the elementary school and middle school.

Having the additional Chromebooks is expected to greatly help the district when it comes to giving online tests through the state.

Board member Cindy McDonald said she is excited about the Chromebooks and said they will be very beneficial for the students.

The middle school library is also undergoing some renovations and Robinson said it will be rebranded as the media center. He said a lot of the furniture was replaced and the new tables will allow for students to be able to write on them. Other additions include a 3-D printer and a green screen.

In other business July 24, the board:

- Approved the second step to file a 6.9-mill renewal levy with the Summit County Board of Elections. Robinson said this is only a renewal and not a new money issue.

- Approved a service agreement between the district and PSI Affiliates for the 2018-19 school year for speech and language services.

- Approved a School Health Services Agreement between the district and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron for a student who needs full nursing services.

- Approved an agreement between the district and Northeast Ohio Network for Educational Technology.

- Approved the preschool lease between the district and Manchester Christian Church. The district rents out four rooms. Robinson said it does a great job of working with students ages three to five until they are ready to enter kindergarten.

- Approved the certification of drivers for school transportation for the 2018-19 school year. Robinson said he is pleased with the drivers.

- Heard several first reading policy updates along with one second reading policy. Robinson said the district continues to update its policy handbook.

- Heard from Robinson that he is working with New Franklin Mayor Paul Adamson to negotiate a school resource officer for the district. He said the district is thankful the city helped it out late last year providing an officer and he hopes to be able to have coverage in the buildings again this year from the New Franklin Police Department.

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.