Middle school students in the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District will receive Google Chromebooks under a plan approved Wednesday to provide the laptops.
The board authorized the administration to develop a one-to-one program at the district’s middle schools to utilize Chromebooks — which are “ultraportable laptops” — for the 2013-14 school year.
The district will purchase the laptops at a cost not to exceed $120,000 for the program.
The Chromebooks will be purchased using both local funds and Keystones to Opportunity grant funding, said Ian Magness, assistant superintendent.
This program will be similar to the iPad program for the district’s high school students that began in the 2012-13 school year.
In other business regarding technology at Wednesday’s meeting, the board:
• Approved the purchase of three additional mobile iPad carts and covers for elementary schools not to exceed $60,000, using local money and grant funding.
Two carts and covers will also be purchased for the middle school business/technology classrooms not to exceed $38,000.
• Will purchase Macbook Pro laptops for middle and high school eAcademy/B-SVA teachers not to exceed $35,000.
• Will purchase an EdInsight Observation software tool for principals not to exceed $4,200.
• Will renew a licensing agreement with Microsoft Enterprise through the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 for 2013-14 not to exceed $15,000.
• Will purchase the Photon for Education application and whitelisting services for all students not to exceed $10,000. The application is a Flash browser with a restrictive filter.
The school district will also purchase an App Volume Voucher from Apple, not to exceed $4,000.