The Terrell ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, June 1, approved an expenditure of $350,000 for the purchase of 1,000 Chromebook laptop computers as the school district seeks to expand digital literacy among students.
The purchase will allow TISD to put an internet-capable device in the hands of each student in grades 3 through 12. A separate grant will enable the district to also provide devices to second-graders.
Supt. Georgeanne Warnock said the purchase to the computers also “will definitely help us as we continue our plans for next year.” A few weeks ago, Warnock outlined a handful of different scenarios for returning to school amid the coronavirus pandemic. A number of Terrell students used internet-capable devices as tools for instruction while schools were closed this spring.
The cost breakdown for the new computers is as follows:
- $214,000 for 1,000 Chromebooks;
- $2,000 for licenses;
- $66,500 for protective cases;
- $67,480 as a contingency for replacement parts or units.