At an Aiken County Board of Education meeting tonight, Deputy Superintendent David Caver and technology director Dal Stanley will discuss progress on the migration to a new technology platform and other upgrades.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive.

The district is spending about $1.8 million – taken from its fund balance and not the general budget – to move to a new operating system that Caver has said is badly needed.

“It’s a massive undertaking and will take time to do it,” he said. “CSI Outfitters has contracted with us on the project.”

The migration process will begin Oct. 29 – starting with the Aiken County Career Center, seven CADD labs, Wagener-Salley High School and Ridge Spring-Monetta High.

That initial work will continue through Dec. 7, followed by all elementary schools through May 2013. The other five high schools will undergo the migration over the summer months, followed by the middle schools after the 2013-14 school year begins.

The upgrades also include replacement computers throughout the district and adding wireless to schools that do not yet have that capability.

Caver estimates that as many as 1,600 older computers will have to be replaced.

In other School Board business:

• Duane Cooper, the S.C. School Boards Association legislative and advocacy coordinator, will discuss education-related measures from the past legislative session and also possible bills that will be introduced in 2013.

• King Laurence, the associate superintendent for instruction, will present state and national test scores.

• School Board members will also hear construction reports for Jackson Middle School, A.L. Corbett Middle School, Aiken High School and Byrd Learning Center. The three schools are getting additions and renovations while the Byrd Center will be the location for a new food service operations center.