A good use for extra funding

Clyde High School purchases Chromebooks for all students
Alissa Widman Neese
Jul 13, 2014

widman@sanduskyregister.com

Clyde High School: it's time to log on.

The school's students will soon be the latest to reap the benefits of a one-to-one laptop initiative, which Clyde-Green Springs school board members approved at a special meeting Thursday.

Board members agreed to purchase enough Samsung Chromebooks for all Clyde High School students to use in the upcoming school year.

The affordable, lightweight laptops store most of their data online.

Students will use their personal devices to complete assignments at home and at school, as well as state-mandated tests.

Each student will pay $50 to use their Chromebook, while the district will foot the remainder of the bill. Students will return their Chromebooks to the district after high school graduation.

The 670 devices cost about $162,000 total from the district's permanent improvement fund.

The district used leftover funds from from a building initiative, which voters approved in 2008, to finance the purchase, treasurer Joyce Dupont said.

The state financed 66 percent of the $34 million building project, and any unused grant money can now be used to purchase furnishings or equipment, including technology, Dupont said.

"We were lucky, and our bids for the project came in a lot lower than expected because contractors were looking for work during the recession," she said. "We just recently closed out the project, so now those funds became available to us."

In late April, board members approved an identical one-to-one initiative for Clyde-Green Springs Schools students in grades 5-8.

The 750 computers cost about $184,000 total from the district's $20 million general fund.

Clyde-Green Springs Schools received more delinquent tax payments than anticipated this year, which made those purchases possible, Dupont said.

The district now considers its one-to-one project complete, and does not plan to expand the endeavor to any additional grade levels.

About half of the 15 or so districts in the Register's coverage area will implement some sort of one-to-one technology initiative in the upcoming school year.

Before coming to Clyde-Green Springs Schools, superintendent David Stubblebine implemented a similar Samsung Chromebook initiative at his previous district, Monroeville Schools, in 2013.

Comments

Gottathink

I hope that Clyde schools have a large IT department to maintain these computers, or will repairs fall to the parents?

Why does the school need to provide these to the children?
I believe that these should be available to students in the school library but they shouldn't be taken home.

ContraryAnn

What if they don't want to/can't pay the $50. Leave them at school? Are there enough outlets to charge ones left at school?

Does this mean C-GS won't need its November levy? Did anyone think to ask?

ladydye_5

Most schools, teachers and classes require them now a days. My children had a teacher last year that tried to implement an "online" class. She took it upon herself to NOT teach during school, require kids to watch a class/video everynight, take notes, do an assignment and then just ask questions and finish any work in school. After about 2 weeks of this an my own computers/internet (i live in town) not being able to keep up, I was going to write a letter to the school board asking if this was approved by anyone. She dropped the lesson and went back to teaching the old fashioned way. The kids in the country could not get their computers to even stream the video to watch the lesson. We had a couple of kids that did not even have computers at home (yes it is still true some do not). Some small towns do not have the capacity to run all the technology that schools/teachers and everyone thinks is available. I live IN town (a small town, but in town) with HIGH SPEED Time Warner internet. The problem here is Time Warner does not have the ability to provide enough to everyone at one time. The upgrades to provide to everyone are not in place.

Schools will need to be patient and realize that these are a wonderful device and will come in handy for certain things. BUT, do not expect miracles. Not everyone is on the same page technologically. Sometimes it is out of a parents hands.

But to answer your question, Yes, the school should be required to handle any maintenance,upkeep or upgrades needed.

Gottathink

Thanks for the insight ladydye.

Another Day

If they require them they have to provide them. Common Core requires them for standardized testing and curriculum. Every school has to get them by the deadline. The kids who will be hurt in this are the special needs children, the programs are ridiculous and interface even worse. Teachers have to go to training and still are having issues with them. Thank the government.

ContraryAnn

Again... cancel the November levy?