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School approves iPad purchases

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chico Middle and Elementary school students will soon join their high school counterparts with access to iPads.

The Chico School Board Monday approved the purchase of 150 Apple iPads for the middle school and a cart of 30 iPads for the elementary. Each middle school student will be issued an iPad, while elementary students will have use of iPads that will stay at the school and be checked out by teachers for use in the classroom.

Factoring in the cost of protective cases, bandwidth expansion and filtering software, the total cost was just over $100,000, Chico Superintendent Mike Jones said.

The iPad purchase is the next step in the school’s technology plan. Last summer, teachers throughout the district were issued iPads, and each high school student was issued a device last month.

The iPads approved for purchase Monday should be issued to students in January, Jones said.

School board members approved the purchase by a 4-2 vote, with G.A. Buckner and James “Pancho” Redwine casting the opposing votes. Board member Craig Moss was not present for the vote.

In other business the board:

  • held a public hearing to discuss the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report. The district received a “superior” rating.
  • approved a $354,955 bid from Jaco Roofing for total re-roofing of the high school and a $35,723 bid from Merit Roofing for roof repairs at the elementary school. Roofs were damaged by hail in 2011.
  • held a public hearing and then approved the high school campus improvement plan.
  • set next month’s board meeting for Nov. 26 in order to avoid scheduling it on the week of Thanksgiving.

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