Bond dollars used to purchase Chromebooks

Bond dollars used to purchase Chromebooks
Posted on 06/05/2018
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Grand Junction, CO – The new Chromebooks are here! Thanks to Mesa County voters, the 2017 Bond Measure is being used to purchase 9,068 Chromebooks and 243 charging carts for the laptop-like devices, which will be delivered to schools over the next two weeks.

Students and teachers will use the new devices to bring classroom learning into the 21st century. Chromebooks for students account for 6,810 of the units, and 2,258 of the Chromebooks are for educators. The 6,810 devices for students will lower the student-to-device ratio to, at minimum, two students per device in each D51 school.

The original estimate was that the 2017 bond measure would pay for 6,500 Chromebooks for students in 2018. The District 51 Technology Department used taxpayer dollars wisely, and negotiated a larger purchase than anticipated without going over budget. In addition, the district is thinking ahead and setting a portion of bond dollars to pay for another wave of Chromebooks in three years, when some devices will need replacing.

The total cost for the Chromebooks and charging carts is $3.18 million. The 2017 bond measure language specified that taxpayer dollars will be used for technology purchases, including Chromebooks and charging carts, as well as Priority 1 maintenance, safety projects, and construction of a new Orchard Mesa Middle School and gyms at Dual Immersion Academy and Palisade High School. Track bond and mill levy override spending at d51schools.org/resources/bond_and_mill.

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