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BCBOE to consider buying laptops for refresh, two campus police cars

At Monday night’s business meeting, the Bartow County School Board will consider taking action on five items, including refreshing middle school laptops and buying two campus police cars.

All board members except Fred Kittle met Monday night for a rare separate work session to discuss the agenda items they will be voting on next week.

Superintendent Dr. John Harper will recommend purchasing 3,250 13-inch Dell Latitude 3350 student laptops and 300 13-inch Dell Latitude 3350 teacher laptops for the middle schools for the school district’s first 1:1 initiative refresh at a cost of $2,094,000. The funds will come from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The district began its fourth- through 12th-grade 1:1 laptop-to-student initiative in 2012, and there now needs to be a refresh of those laptops, which will start with the middle schools.  

Harper will recommend buying 3,550 14-inch CDW-G laptop sleeves with power cord pockets to protect and safely transport laptops as part of the refresh at a cost of $46,150, also taken from SPLOST funds.

“I do want to say a very strong thank you to the community for your support of what we’re doing with the Special Local Option Sales Tax in order to continue this initiative and giving a tool for our teachers to work with that’s going to help extend learning and help our students get further along,” he said.

Also being recommended by the superintendent is purchasing two basic-equipped 2017 Dodge Charger all-wheel drive campus police cars to replace the 2007 vehicles that have logged more than 200,000 miles and continue to have engine and electronic problems.

The state contract price per vehicle is $24,100 for a total of $48,200, being paid from SPLOST funds.

Harper will recommend switching the school district’s website hosting services from Blackboard/Edlines, which had been the provider since 2012, to Edlio for a new website launch in August.

The cost will be $25,000 for the first year, including training, and $21,000 for the second year and will be paid for with technology funds.

The board also will consider a request to change the September work session and business meeting from Monday, Sept. 18, to Monday, Sept. 25.

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