Brookwood 167 slims down iPad program

2013-10-21T23:00:00Z 2013-10-21T23:39:13Z Brookwood 167 slims down iPad programDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent
October 21, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | Brookwood 167 is considering slimming down a pilot program that would explore the incorporation of iPads in the classroom.

The move would save the district $62,396, Superintendent Valorie Moore said at Monday's board meeting.

"We are still very excited about our 1:1 iPad initiative," Moore said. "(Limiting the program) is more cost effective."

Moore said Brookwood 167 cannot afford to fund the program at it's original scope, which was planned for kindergarten through third grade students. The district planned to lease 75 iPads per building at a cost of about $152,000 for all four schools combined.

Instead, 30 tablets would be leased for three years and shared between one grade level.

"We're talking about a budget deficit so we have to look at ways to cut the budget," Moore said. "With the new proposal, the savings will be $90,000."

The plan is to fund the program with money from the district's Title I grant, but Moore said additional grants will be sought.

Hickory Bend school will start out this school year as a pilot, Moore said.

"With what we learn from Hickory Bend, we can then be prepared to implement it at our other three schools," Moore said. "We'll start the work on that this summer."

The decision about which grade will get the iPads will be made based on staff enthusiasm.

"We're going to ask these principals, identify which grade level, who has the most passion that will ignite this initiative," Moore said. "Our goal is to get all of our kids that opportunity while being cost-effective at the same time."

Moore said she'll bring the board more information in the future, including more accurate figures that include insurance on the iPads.

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