Charles City school board to upgrade tech in classrooms

The Charles City school system is soon receiving a technology rebuff.

During Monday’s school board meeting, Technology Director April Hanson asked the members to ‘refresh’ the entire fleet of tech all at once – the lease of 1,360 Chromebooks for grades 3 through 12, 132 audio-visual classrooms, and a managed print and copy service.

An tech audit done recently on the district, indicated a strong need for updated classrooms. This was a wake-up call for the team who have decided to make these new tech investments.

Hanson says the last time they leased-out Chromebooks was 4 years ago where they asked for 1,300 at the cheapest model – this is a similar idea to what the district is planning.

Superintendent Mike Fisher reassured the board that the estimated $54,000 used to supplement this outdated classroom need, will be taken directly from funding they already have available – almost exclusively from the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy).

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