Board of Education Approves Purchase of Nearly 6,000 IPads Providing EVERY Student Equal Access to Technology

BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES PURCHASE OF NEARLY 6,000 IPADS PROVIDING EVERY STUDENT EQUAL ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY
Posted on 06/07/2016
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At the June 6th, 2016 Board meeting, the Verona Area School District Board of Education unanimously approved a technology lease agreement with Apple, Inc. This lease agreement includes the following devices:
• 5770 iPad Air 2 with 64 GB memory
• 5770 cases
• 95 Macbook Air laptops

This four-year lease agreement from July, 2016 – June, 2019 will cost the district slightly under $ 2.6 million dollars and that payment will be made on or before June 1st, 2017. Funds for this lease agreement will come from the estimated $11.2 million dollar payment to the District from the EPIC TIF closeout. The District will take delivery of these devices prior to the beginning of the 2016 – 2017 school year.

This technology lease accomplishes the following goals:
• Provides every student K – 12 in VASD equal access to technology by providing each student an iPad.
• Provides access to the tools students need for personalized learning and the development and implementation of their personalized learning plans.
• Standardizes our fleet of devices so all devices have the same operating system and utilizes a standard set of features that will benefit all students and staff.
• Significantly improves our ability to provide professional development with a consistent platform with all staff and students having access to the same capabilities and similar management features.
• Provides time for the District to develop a budget that builds in lease costs going forward after June 2019 as ‘utility’ budget line item.

Between now and the beginning of next school year our technology staff will be working very hard to collect and pack up our existing fleet of devices for resale, taking delivery of new devices and prepping them for distribution to our students in the fall and conducting professional development activities with staff.

The staff and Board are very excited to be able to provide this technology to our students and their families. With the guidance of our expertly trained and dedicated staff, our students will encounter learning experiences never before realized in the Verona Area School District.
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