Last year, the Houston County School Board purchased around 250 laptops for eighth graders in two schools. Students used those in place of textbooks. Monday night, the board discussed plans to expand that initiative.
However, the school board decided it was best to delay that expansion, and revisit the decision next year. The initiative would have put laptops in the hands of high school students in Houston County Schools. Yet, each computer costs around $700 and the schools would have to replace them every three years. Superintendent of Houston County Schools, Tim Pitchford, said leveling with the digital movement is more of a trend, than a necessity, right now.
“I do believe this is the future of the direction that we’re headed, but the issue is just the tremendous expense,” said Pitchford.
Also, these laptops would not replace the cost of textbooks. Schools still would need to buy them in order to get the programs on a CD to install on the laptops. Houston County Schools will disperse the laptops purchased last year to schools with outdated technology.