Waterloo school board to consider a number of technology purchases | Education News

WATERLOO — The Board of Education will consider technology purchases Monday to replace computers and ActivBoards that have reached the end of their life cycle.

The board meets at 5 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.

Officials recommend replacing Promethean ActivBoard interactive displays first installed in Waterloo Community Schools’ classrooms in 2008 with ActivPanels, the next-generation product, in six schools. There would be 231 of the devices, 186 height adjustable stands and 29 mobile stands.

Becker, Kingsley, Kittrell, Orange and Poyner elementary schools – which have the oldest ActivBoards, according to a memo – were chosen for the upgrades. In addition, devices would be purchased for Central Middle School as it temporarily occupies the Waterloo Career Center expansion building.

Total cost for the items, purchased from Illinois-based CDW-G, would be $889,525. Installation by Communications Engineering Company of Hiawatha would cost another $98,362. Seven district schools previously had ActivPanels installed.

Board members will also consider the purchase of 300 staff laptop computers, 1,750 secondary student Chromebooks for sixth- and ninth-graders, 475 Chromebooks for Lou Henry Elementary School and 2,225 management licenses. The technology would be purchased from Dell at a cost of $744,573. In addition, 1,750 notebook computer carrying cases would be purchased from CDW-G at a cost of $29,133.

In other business, the board will: