District finds funds for extra Chromebooks

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, August 11, 2017 10:18AM

The Jaffrey-Rindge School District is expecting to purchase an additional 20 Chromebooks after a bid price came in lower than expected.

The School Board approved Monday to purchase up to $31,000 worth Chromebooks. Although the district initially intended to purchase 120 replacement Chromebooks, more can be purchased due to a lower than expected bid price of $219.50 per unit: $195 for each device and $24.50 per unit for Google management licensing. 

“The prices just keep going down,” said Director of Information Technology Warren Luebkeman, at the meeting. 

Two other technology-related bids were approved: $21,776.25 for 15 projectors, and $35,626 for core switch upgrades for the middle and high school.

All bids were part of the district’s annual replacement cycle, according to Luebkeman. The projectors were under Luebkeman’s budget of $40,000, while the projectors came in $8,223.75 under budget.

Luebkeman said some of the budgeted money will be used for things like wiring and installation. 

The board also approved to add protocols to the district’s wellness and nutrition policy. The protocols outline goals, nutritional standards, meal times, food sales, snacks, and more. 

Fourteen other policies were also approved as altered, with seven policies rescinded. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.