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Kingsport schools set to spend nearly $1 million on laptops for students

December 1st, 2013 9:10 pm by Rick Wagner

Kingsport schools set to spend nearly $1 million on laptops for students

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools has embarked on a technology plan that includes spending nearly $1 million, with the lion’s share of it, almost $800,000, to be spent on laptop computers for students.

“Basically, it comes down to what happens Monday, Dec. 2, at the BMA (Board of Mayor and Aldermen) meeting,” said John Payne, for KCS.

“If everything is approved then we can proceed with ordering. I would expect the first shipment of 250 should be here by the end of December,” Payne said. “Once we order it is really up to Dell’s production schedule how quickly the orders are fulfilled. We are ordering 250 laptops at a time at two-week intervals so we have time to configure, asset tag and distribute.” 

Assistant Superintendent Dory Creech said the system is looking at getting decals placed on windows of public places with Wi-Fi access so students with laptops, smartphones, iPads, tablets and other devices could have Internet access if they didn’t have it at home.

Students can use school-owned devices, which eventually will be issued to students for use after school hours and at home, or use their own devices in the Bring You Own Device or BYOD program.

At a late October school board retreat and at an early November school board meeting, Payne discussed plans to put Wi-Fi on five of the school buses with the longest routes.

“We’re one of the first in the state,” Payne said.

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