Tech purchases OK'd at Heights

More than $65,000 in technology purchases for the Jackson Heights school district’s 2018-19 school year were approved Monday evening by the USD 335 Board of Education, including a last-minute addition of a “touch screen TV” as a test replacement for “smart board” technology.

During the board’s regular monthly meeting, the 2018-19 technology requisition plan as submitted by District Technology Director Vern Andrews — including new, full-size laptops for high school seniors, which made up more than one-quarter of the total budget — was approved by board members at a proposed cost of $62,722.62.

But after Andrews suggested the purchase of a touch screen TV as a replacement for a “smart board” and ceiling-mounted projector at an estimated cost of $3,000 in one classroom — and the board members’ acknowledgement that there was room for one such device in the district’s tech budget — the board voted 6-1 to approve the addition.

Andrews said the smart board and projector system constitutes “an older technology,” whereas the touch screen TV — similar to one that’s being used as the “alumni board” at the middle and high school entrance — would eliminate the system and fit into an area that is currently occupied by a smart board.

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