With unanimous approval Tuesday night from the Cape Girardeau School Board, a lightweight convertible laptop will soon be put the hands of about 1,200 Central High School students in January.
The purchase that totals about $520,000 includes devices for teachers, loaners in case a device breaks, updated storage capacity and a $5-per-device charge to configure the computers to school district needs, officials said. Each Asus T100TA computer costs $345. The device can be used as a laptop and as a tablet computer, with a detachable touch screen. Ten companies submitted 21 bids to the district.
The purchase Tuesday caps more than a year of research that began in spring 2012. Assistant superintendant for academic services, Sherry Copeland says each device also will have a protective sleeve and will be etched with the district logo and yet-to-be determined language indicating it is the property of the Cape Girardeau School District. The target date to give the computers to the high school students is Jan. 7.
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