Part of that plan included replacing computers that operate Microsoft XP, which is no longer supported by
Information Technology Director
They are doing so with refurbished computers for
"We're trying to stretch our dollars as far as we can,"
Over the summer, 221 computers were replaced with refurbished units for about half the cost of purchasing new ones. Lawrence said the refurbished computers could last four to five years, as opposed to new ones, which can last six to eight years depending on use.
"We're meeting the basic need, but there is infrastructure as well as classroom support that could have occurred that's not -- but that's just the reality," Flatau said.
On the elementary side, the district was successful in passing a technology levy that will provide
In the first year of the levy, approximately
Additionally, schools will receive a set amount each year proportional to the number of students enrolled in a school.
"That's going to provide principals and staff a regular, consistent funding source for technology in their building they can use on a yearly basis," Lawrence said.
"Rich and I and the building principals will identify what those needs are based on priority," Flatau said.
Including the levy, the elementary district has budgeted a total of
Lawrence said technology plans are being revamped at each school.
"In the fall we'll put together cohesive plans looking five years out," Lawrence said. "It will give us a good road map to the future.
"We do know now going forward that we'll have adequate funding for K through eighth for the next ten years and we're very thankful to the community. Yes, we're breathing a sigh of relief. The high school is still a big question."
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