Perkins Teachers To Get Replacement Computers 
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Teachers in Perkins Local Schools are getting new computers.

The Perkins Local School District Board of Education on Wednesday voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of MacBook Air laptops for teachers across the district’s four buildings.

The district will spend $115,130 to buy up to 145 MacBook Air computers. The computers will replace the teachers’ “vintage” 2012 MacBook Pro laptops. The new laptops will have 128-gigabyte hard drives, Intel Core i5 processors, and 8 gigabytes of memory.

The district plans to sell the old computers to a third-party wholesaler for an estimated $24,000, according to a presentation by Perkins Schools technician Brad Streng. Those funds will be used to offset the cost of the replacement computers.

The recommendation to buy the MacBook Air laptops came after an evaluation of the Apple computers and IBM Lenovo Thinkpad (Windows) laptops. The cost of the Thinkpads was quoted at $118,252.

The district will order the MacBook Air computers this week. They are expected to arrive in the next few weeks, Mr. Streng said. The rollout of the new computers will take place before the end of the school year, he said.

School board President Dr. Brad Mitchel praised the move to get the MacBook Air computers as “a nice compromise” to get Apple computers, which the teachers like, and are affordable for the district.

The purchase of the computers is part of a district-wide update in technology. Last summer, Perkins Schools updated student computers with the purchase of Chromebooks for students.

In February, the board of education also approved the acquisition of up to 140 Promethean 70-inch high-definition active panel display units to replace the district’s outdated SMARTBoard displays in classrooms.

 

Posted by j_stacklin On 14 March, 2019 at 1:05 PM