OTTUMWA— New HP Touchscreen Chromebooks will be integrated into elementary and middle school classrooms starting before the holiday break.
The Ottumwa Board of Education approved a lease agreement with Hewlett-Packard Financial Services Company. The lease for 3,155 Chromebooks at a cost of $314 each includes a three-year extended warranty for maintenance, parts, and labor; licensing fees; and custom integration service. Total cost for the package is $1.1 million.
Kooiker explained to the board that bids are not required since the district is leasing the equipment. She also noted that the cost is below the state bid that is currently posted for Iowa schools. The lease also includes an option “to purchase if we decide,” she said.
“This increase in technology will not only support the new literacy programs but also provide students the opportunity to have access to technology in all their core classes,” said Jeff Kirby, Secondary Education Director. “It has worked out that an unfortunate situation with our Lenovo devices will turn into a positive situation for our students. “