Monday, March 23, 2015
New Joplin High School laptops to cost $2 million
The UAE's generous contribution was matched by a half million dollars from other sources.
The time has come to replace those computers and this time there is no UAE, no matching contributions- just weary Joplin R-8 taxpayers, who will spend $2 million for new computers.
The proposal is on the consent agenda for the 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the R-8 Board of Education, meaning it will not be discussed unless it is brought up by a board member.
The documentation provided to the board says the exact cost will be $1,997,199, a lease-purchase arrangement, which will find the district paying $499,086.05 for each of the next three years for the 2,300 laptops.
Only one bid was taken, according to the documentation because "deployment and management infrastructure is Apple device specific. If we change out devices, we will have to redo internal infrastructure bringing significant additional cost. For students and teaching staff, we are an Apple user district."
The request is signed by Superintendent C. J. Huff, Executive Director of Secondary Instruction Jason Cravens, and Director of Technology Eric Pitcher.