PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board gave the okay to a plan for the district to buy $1.3 million dollars in new computer tablets. 850 of the Fujitsu tablet PC’s will be used by Riggs High students, while others are to be put to use in the future by high school, elementary and middle school staff. The board chose the Fujitsu devices over HP Elitebook tablets. Bryan Linn, who serves as the district’s Technology Administrator, says research showed several benefits for the Fujitsu devices-and he has talked to other schools in the state that use them, as well.
The Fujitsu purchase is being facilitated through Golden West Technologies of Rapid City. Linn also requested a bid from RTI Solutions for the HP tablets-which totaled $1.27 million dollars. He says though the district will be paying more for the Fujitsu tablets; benefits include easier service options for the machines…and more.
Riggs students are finishing up their third year using previously purchased HP 2740 tablets. Before that, the district had Gateway computers. Linn says it was decided to purchase newer devices because the district would not have accidental damage protection if the HP 2740’s remained in use for a fourth year. He says the cost to repair the devices would have been too high. Plans call for re-purposing the HP’s for student use in the middle school and elementary buildings and the new Fujitsu tablets will be used at the high school. The Fujitsu tablets should be received in Pierre by June 1.
Pierre’s School Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says Linn did a great job in putting a plan in place for replacing current computers.
The school board met during the noon hour Monday to consider the technology purchase.
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