Harlan School Board approves laptop purchase


May 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District’s Board of Education has approved the purchase of 40 teacher laptops for the next school year. In a regular board meeting held Monday, the computer request was made by technologies coordinator Lisa Swanson. The local bid from Heartland Technologies was approved by the district at a price of $35,120. The bid submitted for the purchase of laptop computers will be used to replace teacher/staff machines at the elementary, middle and high school buildings that are 4 years old or older.

This year, the Harlan Community School District has a need to refresh 27 teacher machines, and seven teacher machines for new positions or newly identified needs, while the rest of the laptops will be overstock. Funds used for the computers will come from the the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment) Levy.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Bob Hesman, who was recently hired by the district as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) instructor. Superintendent Justin Wagner said Hesman  had a change of heart. Following the action items, Wagner reported to the board the school district will receive 60 STEM grants. The grants will help meet the Iowa Core requirements. Wagner said more details will emerge on the grants, once everything is finalized. 

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

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