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Batavia School District approves Chromebooks for students

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 8:00 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia School District 101 board members on Tuesday approved a $1 million lease with U.S. Bank Equipment Finance Technology Group so the district can purchase Chromebooks for all students in grades 6 to 12.

Each Dell Chromebook 11 unit will cost $302.95 each. Board members had previously voted 5-2 to approve the district’s 21st Century Learning Plan, with board members Jon Gaspar and Gregg Hodge voting “no.” The plan calls for the district to provide a personal device to all students within two years.

Gaspar on Tuesday voted against the lease. Hodge was absent from the meeting.

"I want to see how the year plays out," Gaspar said. "I want to talk to the teachers on how it goes."

Included in the cost for each unit is a carrying case for each student to protect against accidental damage.

The device for students in kindergarten to second grade has not yet been determined. The plan calls for a $75 student registration fee increase for grades six to 12 and the upgrade of the district’s wireless network at a cost of $275,000.

The increase would bring registration fees for Batavia middle school students to $165 a year and to $194 a year for the district’s high school students. Currently, middle school students pay $90 annually in registration fees and high school students pay $119 annually in registration fees.

With the cost of Google Chromebooks at $300 each, a $75 a year increase in fees would pay for half of the device. The Chromebooks have an expected lifespan of two years.

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