300 laptops for Nashville students ordered

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District has ordered 300 laptops to share between junior high and high school, according to Superintendent Doug Graham.
The district received a guaranteed delivery date on or before March 12, Graham said.  “I hope it’s sooner. I’m anxious to get them in the kids’ hands.”
The Asus touchscreens were approved by the Nashville School Board last month. The devices cost $375 each, for a total purchase price of $112,500.
Ordering the laptops is part of the district’s plan to provide one-to-one devices for students. “I really think that by next year, if we get 600 then we will meet most of our needs” for junior high and high school, Graham said.
Graham will meet with administrators to decide how the computers will be shared between junior high and high school.
The district also plans to provide laptops at elementary and primary school. The initial funding will come through a state Department of Education program to reward schools for improved student achievement.
“The state has approved $26,000 for primary,” Graham said. Funding for elementary is expected shortly. “We’re ready to order them. We’re just waiting on [money for] elementary,” Graham said.
“One of our biggest priorities now is hiring an IT person” to succeed Gayland Hopper, who recently announced his resignation effective March 31. “We have 1,100 computers in the district. The new person will make sure they all work,” Graham said.
Three applications have been received so far. Interviews are expected to begin late this week. “Maybe we will have someone on board when the new computers come in,” Grahsm said.

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