The board will look at two separate contracts with Dell and a third with System Liquidations Inc. of New Jersey to purchase 1,536 desktop and laptop computers worth more than $718,000.
“It’s a way to set a standard so that all students have access to one-to-one technology,” said Marietta Board Chair Randy Weiner.
The additional access was also a recommendation in the board’s most recent review from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the middle school year’s International Baccalaureate report and will be required the 2014-2015 school year because all statewide testing will be given online.
“Kids need to be very familiar with technology and all different types of technology,” Weiner said about students in kindergarten through 12th grade. “They need to develop their keyboarding skills, and it’s becoming more and more a common tool to learn by.”
The first contract with Dell is to buy 410 laptops for $765 each with a three-year warranty to replace Marietta Middle School’s oldest laptop computers, which are five-plus years old, for $313,650.
David Digiovanni, the district’s director of technology and information systems, said he worked closely with Dell to come up with a “very viable product that is durable and meets our needs.”
The computers, paid for with SPLOST funds, will be used by 240 students in the magnet program, while 150 will be for school-wide use and 20 for the teacher and staff learning lab.
The second contract, valued at $20,568.23, is also with Dell to buy 26 laptops for $765 each and a laptop cart, which is a cabinet with wheels where laptops can be stores securely, for $696.23.
These computers, purchased with federal dollars, will be used in the media center at Burruss Elementary School off Manning Road.
The final contract is with System Liquidation to purchase 1,100 refurbished Dell desktop computers, for $349 each with a five-year warranty, for a total of $383,900.
The computers will be paid for with SPLOST funds and are being purchased for all 11 Marietta City schools: Sawyer Road Elementary, 270; Marietta Middle, 200; Park Street Elementary, 135; Lockheed Elementary, 125; Marietta High, 120; Hickory Hills Elementary, 90; district office, 50; Dunleith Elementary, 40; Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, 30; Burruss Elementary and West Side Elementary, 20 each.
Digiovanni said these will be used in computer labs, classrooms, administrative offices and the media centers.
In other business in the Tuesday meeting, the board will consider approving a $1.7 million initiative for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to meet technology goals set by the district’s Technology Innovation Committee formed in 2012 to help create more opportunities for one-to-one computer access for “basic skill development.”
It will be funded by SPLOST III.
Associate Superintendent Dayton Hibbs said this is the result of several months of planning among various stakeholders in the Marietta City Schools community, including parents and students.
“They established a goal of student access and mobile computing,” he said.
Hibbs also said the computer purchases are part of this plan and that it’s important to replenish machines so that students are working with up-to-date equipment.
The meeting will be at the Marietta City Schools Board Office, 250 Howard St. in Marietta, and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with public comments.