Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

EVSC OKs Purchase of New Laptops ; Cost to Total about $4.5M Making the Grade

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

EVSC OKs Purchase of New Laptops ; Cost to Total about $4.5M Making the Grade

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Every high school student in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. will get a new laptop computer this fall to use for school work. With the life expectancy of the netbooks currently used by EVSC students near-ing an end, the School Board Monday night approved the purchase of 7,000 new Lenovo ThinkPad 11e laptops and cases.

Total cost to the district for the devices, cases, extra batteries, warranty and asset tagging will be about $4.5 million, Stacy Mauser, EVSC chief technology of-ficer, told board members. Each laptop will cost $654.

Mauser said families will be charged $75 per year for rental. However, individuals are still encouraged to purchase personal insurance for lost or stolen devices.

The cost for families is made more affordable through Common School Funding and the State Technology Advancement Account, according to Mauser. Board members also approved entering into a finance agreement with Old National Bank that also helps reduce the cost to families and the district.

Five vendors placed bids to replace the 4-year-old Dell netbooks currently in use by students in grades 9-12. Those were Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, OfficeMax with bids for Acer, Asus, and Samsung; and Pinnacle with a Dell device.

The lowest bid was OfficeMax with the Acer device, Masuer said. Cost of one unit was $399.70 with an additional $108 for the four- year warranty/accidental damage coverage. However, that unit did not meet the screen size speci-fications for online testing.

The second-lowest bid was Lenovo at $454 per device with an additional $132 for the four-year warranty/accidental damage coverage. Lenovo also received the highest rating on four qualities from an EVSC rubric - including durability, pricing, maintenance options and commitment to education.

The new laptop design is thin and light, according to EVSC officials, and combines a compact design, rubberized covering and features created specifically for school use. …

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