COLUMBUS – A $1.2 million technology upgrade coming in Columbus Public Schools at the end of this summer is likely to allow the district to offer the estimated 2,600 current computer devices for sale to students beginning about a month from now.
Leonard Kwapnioski, executive director of technology and operations for the district, has asked the school board to declare all equipment obsolete based on age, condition or inability to work within the district’s tech management system.
“I would like to offer high school students the opportunity to purchase their devices for $250,” Kwapnioski told board members on Monday evening.
The devices will be reset to factory settings with all CPS-owned software removed.
The equipment includes iPads, iMacs, Windows devices and student 11-inch MacBook Airs.
Kwapnioski said the computer devices, now 4 years old, are being offered for sale at a “fair price.”
Any unsold devices, Kwapnioski said, would then be offered to staff under the same conditions, but with a purchase limit of two. The tech director said he is also accepting bids from nine vendors that buy used equipment from schools.
Meanwhile, CPS is pressed for time.
“I’m on a short timeline with the extended school year,” said Kwapnioski, adding he has to have the devices ready to go by June 13.
Kwapnioski’s proposal will be on the school board’s agenda for its meeting on May 21.
The school board achieved its goal of putting a computer device in the hands of every student when it OK’d a “technology refresh” for high, middle and elementary schools last month.
This year’s technology upgrade will include 2,450 Chromebooks for middle school and high school students and 1,170 Apple iPads for K-4 students at the district’s five elementary schools. As of now, each elementary student will have access to the device at school, but it would not be taken home with them.
The lease will also provide equipment for specialized labs, including high school drafting and STEM rooms and rooms for teaching specialized art and computer courses.
Jim Osborn is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.