District to replace computers

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Students at Bridgeport High School next year can expect brand-new MacBook Airs.

At the end of the current school year, the MacBook Pros being used by students will be three years old.

“It’s called refreshing the student computers,” said Bridgeport Superintendent Eddie Bland. “At the end of year three is the deadline where we can still get the maximum resale value.”

Students will each receive a new, 11-inch MacBook Air. The district is also replacing teacher and staff computers at all campuses. They’ve stretched out a five-year lifespan with their current laptops, Apple MacBooks. They will be receiving 13-inch MacBook Pros.

The district will purchase 670 MacBook Airs and 250 MacBook Pros at a cost of $821,347 – plus the cost of a care plan.

The district will sell 880 used computers for $250,000.

The school board approved the purchase at Monday night’s meeting.

The board also:

  • passed a resolution to compensate employees for bad weather days;
  • amended the school calendar to make up for bad weather days. Today, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, April 16, were both originally planned to be early release days. Both are now regular, full-length schools days to help teachers make up for lost instruction time.
  • ordered the school board election for May 10. The last day to file for a spot on the ballot is Friday, Feb. 28.

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