KINGSPORT — Parents looking for a laptop or tablet this school year for a city school system student may have some help coming.
As an extension of the Kingsport City Schools technology program and in support of the system’s Bring Your Own Device or BYOD program, the school system is teaming up with Eastman Credit Union and Best Buy to offer parents a chance to buy laptops and tablets for students to use at school and home.
The program is in effect now and good through May 30.
Superintendent Lyle Ailshie first mentioned the possibility of such a special financing program at the Oct. 26 Board of Education retreat, but details were just recently finalized.
Fliers on the program are scheduled to be distributed to city schools starting Monday morning. KCS Chief Information Officer Andy True said most if not all students should receive a flier Monday or Tuesday.
“The reality is that teachers and other students in our classrooms have access to laptops and tablets, but the kids who don’t have access to these devices get left behind,” Olan O. Jones, chief executive officer and president of ECU, said in a written statement Friday. “We wanted to help bridge that gap. The BYOD pilot program seemed like a great opportunity for all involved.”
He said the BYOD loans are similar to traditional loans but have a special interest rate based on credit approval, cannot exceed $900 and are limited to 12-month financing.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.