Portage schools add to 1:1 computer plan

2013-10-01T00:00:00Z Portage schools add to 1:1 computer plan Joyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board on Monday moved forward with expanding its 1:1 computer endeavor.

The School Board approved purchasing 330 additional ACER laptop computers and carts to hold the computers.

Technology Director Jay Drew said the laptops will be purchased from Ace Computers of Illinois for $220,000. The carts are being purchased from Competitive Support Options for a cost of $14,700.

Drew said this is the first year for the pilot program. Fourteen teachers at the middle and high schools are participating. Nearly 2,000 students in those classrooms will be using the computers on a daily basis.

Drew said the hope is to expand the program to provide computers for each individual student within classrooms and to eventually provide a technology device to every student to take home. He said the district is working on a plan for funding and deploying a complete 1:1 plan.

In other business, the board approved some changes to meeting dates. The next discussion meeting will be held on Oct. 9, two days earlier than initially scheduled. The December meetings have been set for Dec. 4 for the discussion meeting and Dec. 11 for the regular business meeting. The January business meeting has been pushed back to Jan. 27 to accommodate the closing of financial books.

It was also announced the Portage Township Food Pantry and district is working on a plan to move the pantry from New Vistas High School to the former administration building on Central Avenue just west of Aylesworth Elementary School.

Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said the former administration building is vacant and being used as storage. He said he felt the building could better serve the community as the pantry's new home.

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