In order to make technology more accessible to Hamilton students, the school board approved leasing 700 laptops for four years, according to the Hamilton School Board highlights.
This move is meant to help students become college and career ready, as well as get students used to being assessed in an on-line environment, which the state's new Smarter Balanced Assessments will require.
Computer labs in the district are usually booked throughout the school day, said Information Technology Manager Ryan McMillan in the meeting highlights. Laptops will be made on mobile cart that can be wheeled into classrooms.
Hamilton High School and Templeton Middles School will each have 150 laptops; 135 will go to Woodside Elementary; 120 will go to March Elementary; 75 will go Lannon Elementary; 60 will go to Maple Avenue Elementary; and there will be 10 spare laptops.
Leasing the laptops for four years will cost the district $399,026, which will come from the district's technology equipment budget. The district will also own 47 mobile carts for a cost of $112,719 that will house 15 laptops each when the lease is up.