The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees approved a budget amendment and expenditure of approximately $250,000 for the purchase of 1,000 Chromebooks and related expenses during yesterday’s special meeting.
Jay McWilliams, Big Spring ISD Superintendent, told KBest News that the purchase comes after there had been technical issues with some of the servers that affected the Big Spring Elementary schools over the Thanksgiving break. McWilliams noted that thanks to the Jamie Scott, Daniel Hoard, and the rest of the technology department did an amazing job in patching the problem, but it’s only a temporary fix.
McWilliams advised that the Chromebooks would be used in all 4 Elementary schools, encompassing 2 computer labs, along with 4 Chromebooks for each classroom in the elementary schools, which he noted was what the schools had before the server issue.
Jamie Scott, IT Director for Big Spring ISD, explained that technology ages quickly and the elementary schools were due for an upgrade before the server issues arose in November. The goal in using the Chromebooks in the elementary classrooms is to be able to engage students on another level to facilitate learning.
Scott stated that 700 Chromebooks would go to the 4 elementary schools, 200 would go to the high school, and the last 100 would be stored as extra in order to have maneuverability in the event that repairs are needed in the future. He went on to say that the Chromebooks would be ordered this week and he hopes to be able to have them all distributed by the end of February.