North Canton BOE buys 1,000 Chromebooks

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North Canton City Board of Education

WEDNESDAY MEETING

KEY ACTION: Approved a contract with CDW-G to buy 1,000 Chromebooks to replace five-year-old inventory.

DISCUSSION: Total cost is $270,000. It includes the Chromebooks, Google Chrome Management Console Licenses, White Glove Service, CDW Data Capture and Tracking service and custom asset tags or labels attached to the devices.

Director of Technology Kim Nidy said Google has a policy where it will not upgrade equipment older than five years old. The Chromebooks can't be used for state testing unless they are updated by Google.

The district has 1,000 Chromebooks that have reached the five-year mark and need replaced. The district will have to continue to replace older computers each year to comply with Google's replacement cycle policy.

Director of Business Todd Henne said Tech Defenders, the company they use for insuring and servicing Chromebooks, will be buying the older computers and giving the district a trade-in credit.

OTHER ACTION:

Heard a Kids of Character presentation from the director of the Early Childhood Center, Janet Peare, with students Sullivan Conley, Jordan Phipps, Victor Perez Valdez and Morris Warner.Approved a field trip for Sarah Covington, science teacher, and Steve Wood, chemistry teacher, and 25 students to travel to Andros Island, Bahamas, in February.Approved several contracted agreements including two with Guided Transitions for Supported Individuals at a monthly cost of $6,250 for the 2019-2020 school year; two contracts with the Stark County Educational Service Center for the 2019 Summer Extended School Year for $120 for each 60-minute session; KRG Education Services-Leap Program for $135 per student; Daktronics for the purchase of a scoreboard at the Hoover High School soccer/lacrosse stadium at a cost of $101,995 (paid in full by a number of donations with no taxpayer funds) and Naviance student assessment package for $74,425.Accepted a number of donations including $1,500 from the North Canton Rotary for the speech and debate team; $4,866 from the North Canton Sideliners for the high school link crew; $1,500 from the North Canton Sideliners for the high school Positive Behavior Interactions & Support program; technology equipment from Enviroserve to be used by technology department; $500 from the Benevity Community Impact Fund for the high school principal's account; $350 from an anonymous donor to pay off any negative lunch balances for graduating seniors and $200 from an anonymous donor for the "Full Belly" account to assist students in need.UP NEXT: Meets in the district office conference room for a special meeting and next regular board meeting in the media room at Hoover High School.

PATRICIA FAULHABER

Patricia Faulhaber

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