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Alpena Schools keeps purchasing Chromebooks

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 18, 2018 – 12:34 amNo Comment

Alpena Public Schools continues to purchase Chromebooks in an ongoing effort to one day be able to place devices in the hands of every student.

The board of education Monday, will be asked to support the purchase of an additional 612 Chromebooks out of the current budget, at a cost of approximately $126,000.

The units cost about $183 each and a license for each unit adds on an additional $23.

More than half of the new Chromebooks, 374, are headed to the high school for science classrooms.  Another 102 are for English Language Arts (ELA) classes at the high school.

The remaining 136 units are all for the junior high, including 34 for a 2018-19 pilot project to place a Chromebook into the hands of every 6th grade student.  Students will be able to take the laptops home each day.  The school district is still in the process of formulating guidelines on how that will work.

A total of 102 Chromebooks are replacing older desktop computers at the junior high.

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