The faculty of Cleburne County’s two high schools successfully issued hundreds of laptops to students at the start of the year, school board members learned Monday.

“The Chromebooks went out like clockwork,” Superintendent Claire Dryden said during the board’s Monday meeting.

The computers were handed out in about 90 minutes at Ranburne High School on Thursday, the first day of school, and in about 2 hours and 15 minutes at Cleburne County High School on Friday, she said. The students are now working with their teachers on how to use them, Dryden said.

The laptops were scheduled to be handed out to students with a short lesson at orientation. There was a shipping delay, however, and the computers didn’t arrive in time, she said.

The computers arrived the week before school started, but before they could be distributed to the students, the laptops had to be labeled and loaded with the e-books and programs, she said.

In other business the board:

-Unanimously approved hiring Josh Perry as half-day instructional aide in the distance learning program at Cleburne County High. The matter came before the board at a meeting last week, but two members said they needed more information about the newly created position before they could approve the hire. There was no discussion before the vote Monday.

-Approved contracts for occupational and physical therapists, a behavioral specialist and a psychometrist, a person who conducts psychological tests.

-Accepted the resignation of Donna Austin, part-time food assistant at Cleburne County Elementary School.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8, at Cleburne County Middle School at 6:30 p.m. The first budget hearing will be at the meeting. The school system’s second budget hearing will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Ranburne High School at 6:30 p.m.

Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin, 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter@LCamper_Star.