Friday, April 18, 2008
CSC hears update on school technology
At the April 2 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting, Superintendent Marie Doyle presented a three-page Technology Report with recommendations of the school’s Technology Committee and an up-to-date computer and equipment inventory. The school currently has four mobile laptop carts. The plan for computers includes purchasing enough mobile laptop carts for every grade and an additional cart for specialists. The report notes that FY09 Long-term Capital Funds of $80,000, originally targeted for upgrading computers are being used, instead, to retain teaching positions. A freeze on purchasing teaching supplies has been put in place to allow the school to replace a subset of computers.
The yearly replacement cycle for equipment targets 75 to 85 computers at a cost of $80,000 to $100,000, the report says, with additional funds of $30,000 needed to fund “hidden costs” such as software licenses and network hardware. The report calls for a new wireless network in FY10 at a cost of $100,000.
The school has five electronic whiteboards, and is planning to purchase three more through donations from the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF). The goal is to have an electronic whiteboard in each classroom, with a cost of around $6,000 for each.
CSC member Dale Ryder noted that not every classroom may need an electronic whiteboard, because some teachers may not use the boards. CSC chair Nicole Burkel replied, “As we are replacing teachers, it will be an expected tool.” ∆
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