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DeKalb School District 428 Board approves Chromebook purchase

A proposal to provide a Chromebook for every DeKalb School District 428 student passed the board Tuesday evening. The program is part of a planned replacement cycle for the 1:1 Curriculum Integration program which allows each student in designated grades, along with teachers, to have a take-home Chromebook.

The total cost for the program is $623,700 with each Chromebook costing $339. That price includes a four-year unlimited accidental warranty, Google Management license, Securly Content Filtering and a hard-shell case.

“We are sharing this request in February to get ahead of economic and global uncertainty as well as an $8/device increase in Google Licensing fees that start on March 9, 2020,” district superintendent Jaime Craven wrote in a memo to the board.

He went on to say approving the purchase would save an additional $14,720 in costs to the district.

Every student in the district between third and 12th grade will get a Chromebook

“The Chromebook assists with fostering the change and helps bring fidelity to the classroom,” Craven wrote. “It is the tool that delivers and houses parts of the curriculum. It is the creative outlet our students use to problem solve and work on 21st century skills to become College and Career Ready.”

Delivery of the devices is expected before July 1.

Recognition

• The board recognized Emily Weller and Sonia Enriquez for providing excellence in achievement in the implementation of the Orange County Department of Education’s Project GLAD model and have attained Certified Trainer Status in Guided Language Acquisition Design.

• The board recognized Ben Bayle for earning the Certified Education Technology Leader designation after passing a two-part exam based on the Consortium for School Networking’s “Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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