The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board has approved a plan that would put over 3,000 computers in area schools, bringing the system into compliance with state testing requirements and update the technology used by middle and high school students.
The School Committee met in special session Tuesday, and, with several members absent, voted 5-0 to approve the acquisition of the new technology.
The seven to eight year old computers now in the schools will be replaced with 3,000 Dell computers leased from Insight Public Sector and a lease/purchase agreement to acquire 450 Apple computers from Apple Inc. The Apple computers can be purchased for $1 each at the end of the lease. The Apple computers are primarily for the use of teachers.
The Partnership of Assessment Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) is a coalition of 19 states collaborating to develop K-12 assessments in English Language arts/literacy and math linked to the Common Core standards. PARCC requires schools to have adequate computer stations for all students in the largest grade to take the assessment.
All computers must be installed before school starts in August.
The budget will move to the County Commission in July, leaving just a month to install the new technology. The Apple Computers will cost $108,000 per year with the purchase option priced at $1 per computer at the end of four years. The Dells will cost $800,000 per year.