In the midst of identifying more than a $500,000 in potential budget cuts, the USD 410 board approved the purchase of nearly $126,000 in computers for high school students and faculty.
The board accepted the low bid from TwoTrees technologies of $96,650 for 200 Lenovo S10e computers for students and for $29,295 for 27 Lenovo Thinkpad laptop computers, with mini docks, for teachers.
The small laptops will be checked out to students for the entire school year. Students can take them home, and will have the capability for Internet access that will enable them to reserve book at the media center and conduct searches for projects.
At the end of the year, the computers will be checked in and the hard drives cleared for the following year.
Over the next two years, similar purchases will be made for middle school and elementary school students.
?It?s a tough thing to reduce expenses and then approve a major capital expense,? said Rod Koons, board president. ?But this is about keeping up with education, and these computers will help our kids reach the next level.?
Toward the purchase, the board approved the transfer of $55,000 from the ?Computer Purchases? line item in the Local Option Budget Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, from which the total will be paid.