The school board for the Princeton Public Schools will hold a special video meeting tonight, July 1, at 7 p.m. to vote on a plan to spend about $2.6 million on new MacBook Air laptops and iPads for students in grades six through 12.
According to the latest quote from Apple, the district is slated to purchase 2,500 MacBook Air computers for $879 each. Apple will not be providing a discount for the bulk purchase beyond the standard education discount for individual computer purchases. The district is also slated to purchase 590 iPads totaling $212,581. Apple is offering the district a $50 dollar discount for each 10-pack of iPads. Other items like AppleCare service bring the total proposed purchase to $2,591,986.
The new electronic devices would be given to every student regardless of whether the students have their own computer or not already. The district would borrow the money for the computers and pay it back over five years, according to the documents related to the purchases.
Many school districts provide students with Chromebooks, which are much less expensive and are easier to maintain in terms of security.
The school board is slated to buy 430 Chromebooks for elementary school students at the special meeting at a cost of $212 per Chromebook, plus fees for service and licenses. The total cost for the Chromebooks is $104,920.
Also on the agenda, the school board will sell various electronic devices to retired superintendent Steve Cochrane, including a 2014 iPad, a 2014 Lenovo laptop, a 2017 MacBook Pro, and a 2019 iPhone 10. He will pay a total of $250 for all of the devices.
The password for the 7 p.m. meeting is 1Qu3Rw. Residents can also call in at 1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592. The call-in webinar id is 857 0391 0278 and the password is 766559.