Plainfield Schools to Buy Laptops for Teachers

All teachers will be issued laptops next school year.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Last week, the Plainfield School Board voted to spend $3.85 million on new laptops, including computers for the district's nearly 2,000 teachers.

The district will buy a total of 3,245 laptops, some of which will be used as student computers.

The new tech could help teachers as the district continues to make changes to its website. By next school year, all District 202 teachers will have the ability to create their own personal websites.

The purchase is part of the district's existing lease agreement with Dell, according to board member Rod Westfall. The funding for the new laptops will come from lease payments as part of the 2015-18 operating budgets. 

Plainfield School District does not currently provide a laptop for every student, but "that is something that could happen down the road," Westfall said. 

Nicole Adam April 18, 2014 at 08:35 AM
I'm an accountant and my job provides a laptop because we do everything electronically. Teachers are now expected to do any things electronically so why should they have to use their own money to buy computers. As much as I don't like it and would prefer more programs for gifted/accelerated students I think this is a necessity. As far as using Office 2007 that it not a big deal. Many businesses don't upgrade technology immediately if the old version runs fine because they are trying to make money.
Kennedy April 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Something I find interesting is that there is no public bid process to this purchase. Tim, please help with this. You have already uncovered a lot of improprieties. It looks to me like Bonuchi is at it again. 3.8 million dollars and done without a bid process.... If the article is correct, they are leasing the hardware. Are there sealed competitive proposals for the lease rate? Were other hardware providers allowed to bid for this project? It doesn't look like it!!!! 3.8M and no bids!!!!!
Dave M April 18, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Technology is exempt from bidding in the Illinois school code. What if Apple comes in with the lowest bid? Now we have PCs for the students and Apples for the teachers and teachers will need in service on the Apples. So now, not only are we paying for the hardware, we're also dealing with in service training to get the teachers proficient. You want to stick with one vendor for hardware, if you don't, it's going to cost more in the long run. D202 already has Dell computers throughout the district, it would be asinine to go out to bid and get some other vendor at this point.
John Tips April 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM
If you people want to see schools which are poor - drive down to Jackson County, Il. They have books bound with duct tape! However the children who attend these schools still are educated well without all the hype, and hoopla this district spends our taxes for. I for one believe that ALL tax money should go into a central fund and then be distributed EQUALLY amongst ALL school districts!
RB April 22, 2014 at 07:25 PM
I'm 100% in favor of investing in technology in our schools. Our kids will never have a decent job if they don't keep up with technology. Having said that, I believe 1200 per laptop is a pretty high price for such a large order. The district should work harder to negociate better prices and show that they care about the tax payers


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