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Ridgewood High School students to be issued laptops


Ridgewood High School students to be issued laptops

JULY 25, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014, 12:31 AM

On Sept. 4, all high school students will be given a Chromebook as the district moves toward its full embrace of technology.

The Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) introduced a resolution on July 21 to enter into a five-year lease agreement for $485,000, at an annual interest rate of 1.469 percent, to purchase a Chromebook for every student in the high school.

To offset the cost, the district also accepted a $100,000 grant from The Ridgewood Education Foundation in support of the 1:1 Technology Initiative.

“Thank you for this,” Board President Sheila Brogran said to Foundation officer Jennie Smith Wilson. “It helps us put our 1:1 initiative in place. All four grades at the high school will have the opportunity to have Chromebooks.”

For the high school’s roughly 1,750 students, the Chromebooks will cost about $550,000, said Superintendent Daniel Fishbein. The district budgets about $900,000 per year for technology, he said.

Ridgewood began welcoming laptops and iPads in 2012 with a Bring Your Own Device program and purchased carts of Chromebooks for use at the elementary schools.

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7 thoughts on “Ridgewood High School students to be issued laptops

  1. The stolen quarters would have paid for it.

  2. These things are going to be lost, stolen, dropped on concrete, have drinks spilled on them, and generally abused. Kids generally treat their portable technology hardware pretty roughly even when mom and dad pay directly for it.

  3. #2 just like home.

  4. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

    Why did the BoE get rid of all of the technology people in the district….?

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  5. I’d like to follow the money on this one. I wonder who is getting a piece of the action for buying all these computers.

  6. If every classroom had a computer they would not need to assign them to students. And there are classroom controls that would allow the teacher to lock the computers when they are not needed and to restrict access.

    With the current system the kids could be tapping away on Instagram while the teacher thinks that they are doing work. If there are students without computer access at home they could be loaned a computer for the year.

  7. Valley Hosp is behind this….I’m sure of it.

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