The Board of Education approved the purchase of 15,000 iPads for K-8 students and teachers, 6,000 11” MacBook Airs for students in grades 9-12, and 2,000 13” MacBook Airs for teachers and administrators. For the first time in NKC Schools history, the district will have a 1:1 learning environment that supports student achievement at all levels.
The Board’s decision reinforces the new NKC Schools mission statement:
The district will now have the tools to accomplish items from the new Strategic Plan such as Strategy I, Action Plan 4:
Ensure students are digitally literate, and that they choose and utilize appropriate technology to communicate, plan, research, solve problems and collaborate as productive digital citizens.
Please note, NKC Schools did not see a windfall of additional money. The Board of Education gave Superintendent Dr. Dan Clemens a goal to increase the number of devices without increasing the district’s $2.1 million annual budget expenditure for technology. Careful negotiations and lease design changes made this initiative possible. Through the hard work of the district technology team, a new lease was negotiated to provide the additional 15,000 iPads while also receiving new computers for staff and high school students without increasing the budget.
All students in grades 3-8 must sign an iPad Agreement Form before they can receive their iPad. The sooner this form is completed the better for a smooth distribution of devices. The form can be completed two different ways:
- The PDF can be printed, signed and turned into the main office of the school.
- Parents can also login to the Parent Portal of PowerSchool (just as they did for online enrollment). Once logged in, choose “NKCSD Forms” from the left-hand menu. Once in forms, select the iPad Agreement Form, complete and submit.
Parents will also have the option to purchase the risk management program for $20 per year. This can be paid via RevTrack or at the school. If the risk management program is purchased, the iPad will be repaired at no additional cost. If it is not purchased, a fee schedule will apply based on the damage. Details of the fee schedule are included on the iPad Agreement form.
Watch this informative iPad video to hear more details!
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