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5/19/2017 11:12:00 AM
Governor's budget holds up tech vote
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

Three technology team members at the Barneveld School presented to the school board Wednesday night, May 10, a plan they believe supports both the district's technology plan and feedback gathered from teachers and staff at many different levels of the school.
"It's been an eye opening process sitting down with teachers and seeing what they use," Ray Rickert, technology coordinator said. "And we're only still scratching the surface."
Rickert's proposal provided two options for the four-year lease of 12.9" Apple iPad Pros for use at the high school. Option A, or the "all in" option, comes with a $34,000 price tag per year for four years of the contract. One hundred thirty iPad Pros would be leased through this plan, covering grades nine through 12 at the high school.
Option B, or the "phased in approach," includes 73 iPad Pros for a price of $22,000 per year for four years of the contract. This option would only cover devices for grades nine and ten, with grades 11 and 12 utilizing other devices, either of their own or others provided by the school district.
Both options are "all inclusive," Rickert added. Both options also include the ordering of 20 Apple pens and 20 keyboards that could be checked out by students if they needed to use them. If the demand persists for these pieces of equipment, the district would consider purchasing more.
The options also include a $40 tech fee that would be collected from students each year....
See the rest of the story in the May 18 Chronicle issue.





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