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February 16, 2015

District adds Chromebooks to 5-year technology replacement cycle

School Board members approved the purchase of $237,939 of computer equipment to maintain the district’s five-year replacement cycle. The approval will fund purchase of 222 desktop and 34 laptop computers, six tablets, 310 Chromebooks and 10 mobile carts.

Typically the district replaces 200-300 computers as they become obsolete. Information Technology staff members evaluated different devices this year that met student needs and supported required state testing. They found that Chromebooks, at $271 per unit, were significantly less expensive than laptops that cost $597 and desktops at $489. This year’s replacement purchase includes regular computer lab replacements and expands the number of devices available to students with the purchase of 310 Chromebooks.

The Chromebooks don’t do everything that regular desktops or laptops, but they suffice for state testing purposes, writing and doing research on the web.

Board ratifies contract with ULE

The Hamilton School Board ratified a contract with United Lakewood Educators (ULE) which represents district teachers. Under the contract, base salaries will increase by 1.46 percent for the 2014-15, retroactive to the beginning of the school year.

The tentative agreement was reached Feb. 12 between the district and ULE representatives and was presented to ULE members Feb. 13 for a ratification vote. The increases do not apply to teachers on replacement contracts or plans of assistance.

Other personnel matters

In other personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation request of Special Services program support Emilie O’Connor, effective Feb. 27; and
  • modified the contract of Templeton replacement social worker Christopher Keadle from 50 to 60 percent.