Grand Saline school board gets tech savvy

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The Grand Saline School Board had a meeting full of tech talk as it discussed the purchase of Google Chromebooks July 20.

Lance Caffey, director of information technology, spoke to trustees about the benefits of purchasing the Google Chromebooks for high school students.  All students would be issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year.

Superintendent Trish Elliott discussed why she wanted students to have the Chromebooks. “The math department at the high school adopted online curriculum therefore needing something either an iPad or a computer in the classroom,” she said.

The Chromebook costs $200 each, which is cheaper than repairing the laptops the high school currently has, school official said. 

There are 325 students enrolled at the high school and 355 Chromebooks would be purchased so there would be 30 extra in case a student forgets his or her Chromebook at home, Elliott said.

Annually, the student would pay $25 for insurance on their Chromebook and there would be a $25 deductible the first time something happens to it. 

The district would need to spend $190,479 total with $71,000 going to purchase the Chromebooks and the rest of the money going for management licenses and charging cart.  “And if a student isn’t able to pay for a Chromebook then the school will deal with that,” said Elliott. 

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