All D51 students to have Chromebooks

All D51 students to have Chromebooks
Posted on 10/22/2020
CHS Chromebook delivery

Grand Junction, CO - For the first time ever, all District 51 students will have access to their very own Chromebook device following the delivery of nearly 14,600 Chromebooks to District 51 middle and high schools this week. 

Reaching a 1:1 ratio of students to computerized devices fulfills a long-time goal of District 51 leadership, according to D51 Superintendent of Schools Diana Sirko.

“It gives our children and teachers an amazing academic advantage to have a Chromebook for every student,” Dr. Sirko said. “We are incredibly grateful to the voters and taxpayers of Mesa County and the D51 Foundation for making this milestone possible. We are also thankful for Dan Burke and our Technology Services team for all their work on this endeavor.”

The district used $3.2 million from the 2017 Bond Measure to purchase 9,068 Chromebooks and 243 charging carts for the devices in the summer of 2018, and the D51 Foundation has donated 518 Chromebooks as well in recent years. 

The district is spending $7 million this fall to purchase the latest round of Chromebooks using 2017 Bond Measure funds. A second wave of Chromebook purchases was not scheduled to take place until 2021 under the bond measure, but the district wisely chose to make a large purchase this year instead because demand (and price tags) for Chromebooks is on the rise while more students learn online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district will now have more than 24,000 devices total for students and teachers.

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