The agreement will provide 200 iPads and 32 carts holding around 40 iPod Touches each. The iPads will be given to teachers throughout the district, but Superintendent Robert Sparkman said the iPod carts will be for students from kindergarten to second grade.
Jasper City Schools officials have put a focus on online devices at the high-school level, allowing Walker High students to use tablets or Internet-capable cell phones during certain classes. Sparkman said giving kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders access to such devices will be a good investment because the technology will soon be such a large part of classroom instruction.
Board member Pat Nelson said during the meeting that he fully supports the purchase.
“I think this is a great move,” he said.
The contract, which includes technical support and insurance on the items, will cost $356,568 over three years.
The board also approved a date for the district’s budget hearings. The first hearing, which will include comments from the public, will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the Board of Education building near Maddox Middle School. The board will approve the budget during its second hearing at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27, at the same location.