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School Board approves more technology buys

RECENT PURCHASES ADD UP TO $407,164

The King George School Board approved the purchase of 55 additional laptop computers and software licenses this week at a cost of $58,080, saying the additional computers were needed to complete the replacement of seven-year old laptops at the high school.


This technology purchase brings the total spent in the last three months by the school division to $407,164.
The action took place at the meeting on Aug. 12, with Dan Hopper, the division supervisor of technology, saying he had miscounted the number needing to be replaced when a previous batch of replacement laptops was ordered last month.

A first batch of replacement laptops for the high school had also been approved in June, as detailed below.
Board packet information stated the reason for the laptop replacement was because the older laptops were no longer suitable for instructional or testing purposes, adding that they are extremely slow to boot and all need replacement batteries.

This latest purchase was the third in a series of technology purchases over the last three months.
Information supplied with the action item request said the latest purchase would be paid for with funds from the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) and local technology funds.

Last month on July 15 during review of another tech purchase request, Hopper told the School Board that the division receives annual funding from the state of about $180,000 through VPSA. As with last month’s purchase of computers, this time the School Board also piggy-backed on a request for proposals by Spotsylvania.

The first of the three recent technology buys was in June from funding remaining in the 2012-13 budget. That fiscal year ended on June 30, with a new fiscal year, 2013-14, with a new budget started on July 1.

Superintendent Rob Benson had said in regard to the June 10 technology purchase that the costs would be covered through state grant funding, remaining funds in the technology appropriation, and E-rate monies.
Details of the other two purchases are recapped below. Additional details on the tech equipment buys and individual item pricing can be found online at the School Board’s website in the board packets for each of the three meeting dates listed.

 

JULY TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES - $172,356
Last month’s tech purchases were approved by the School Board on July 15 with two technology purchases totaling $172,356.

One action was to buy 126 desktops and software licenses costing $80,766 to replace six-year-old computers at the high school.

The other technology action last week was to purchase 86 laptop computers and software licenses for $91,590 to replace seven-year old computers that were no longer useful for instructional or testing purposes.
Both sets of computer purchases come with five-year, next day service, warranties.

JUNE TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES - $176,728
The action on a large technology expenditure on June 10 totaled $176,728. Those technology purchases came in two actions.

One action was to purchase four servers to replace aging servers, along with supporting software and equipment at a price tag of $143,613. Quotes were included in the packet for the request.

The second action was to purchase 31 laptops for $33,015.

The laptop purchase in June was the first installment of replacement laptops for the high school that were seven years old.

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