Houston County Board of Education votes on technology improvements at July 9 virtual meeting

On the agenda: major technology improvements for the school system to better help students
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 11:03 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Houston County Board of Education will be holding a virtual meeting Thursday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m. On the agenda, major technology improvements for the school system to better help students. A move that could put the system ahead in the long run, the board will vote on investing in 2,000 chrome books to implement into labs and classrooms for this upcoming school year.

This purchase is not to exceed $850,000 dollars. Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell said each chrome book is roughly $250, plus the cost of the support, three-year warranty and insurance adds to the cost. He said if purchased they will divide the chrome books between schools in the district.

The purchase of the chrome books was in discussion before COVID-19, if the board decides to purchase them, they will be used for mostly in-house learning.

“There are more and more opportunities online, more of our applications are online, more of our books,” Sewell said.

He said this decision is urgent for the year ahead.

“We foresee a shortage and we’re trying to get our order in before other systems,” Sewell said.

If purchased, a small percentage will be used for remote learning on a case by case basis. Sewell does not believe school will be cancelled again like it did in the Spring.

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