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Baldwin district considering technology fee with iPad introduction

The Baldwin school district is considering introducing a technology fee next school year with the distribution of iPads to Baldwin High School students, such as this one BHS senior Logan Endecott was given this semester as a student in Rachel Smith’s 21st Century literature class. The class served as a three-year pilot program for iPad.

The Baldwin school district is considering introducing a technology fee next school year with the distribution of iPads to Baldwin High School students, such as this one BHS senior Logan Endecott was given this semester as a student in Rachel Smith’s 21st Century literature class. The class served as a three-year pilot program for iPad.

April 25, 2013

The Baldwin school board Monday approved a student fee schedule for the 2013-2014 school year that was mostly unchanged, but one possible new fee may still be added.

The only fee increase was for meals, which added 10 cents across the board. The board also adopted a $40 flat fee for snack-time milk for students in the 4-year-old program.

Discussed, but not included in the fee schedule, was a possible high school technology fee, which would be associated with the distribution of iPads next school year to all Baldwin High School students. Superintendent Paul Dorathy said a number of options were still being considered for recommendation to the board in May.

District technology director Steve Hemphill said the district has reviewed practices and suggestions of other Kansas districts that have provided iPads to students. Opinions vary about the wisdom of fees and the insurance they pay for, he said.

It was the view of some that students are more “invested” in the care of iPads with fees, Hemphill said. That was the view of the technology director of the Inman school district, who said the district had more problems with broken and lost iPads this year after dropping the fee.

Options used in other districts include fees to fund self-insurance or buy insurance through Apple or making an arrangement with a private insurance provider from whom parents could opt to buy a policy, Hemphill said. Apple’s insurance, which would have added more than $100 to the price of the iPads, was not viewed as worth the price given the few problems the district has experienced in its pilot program, he said.

In reply to a board question, Hemphill said there had been a great deal of discussion about families who couldn’t afford the fee, which he said could range from $15 to $50 a year. One solution would be to require the fee only for iPads that left the building for the night, but he noted that would prevent those students from using their iPads for homework.

Dorathy told the board the district planned to schedule a meeting with parents in late May or early June about how the iPads would be used and what the district hoped to accomplish with them. Another meeting was planned for August before the start of school, which would introduce the iPads to students, he said.

Finally, the board approved a three-year agreement to borrow money at 2.05 percent interest from Baldwin State Bank to purchase 475 iPads. The debt would be retired with annual payments of $95,949 from the district’s capital outlay fund.

Comments

hipgrrrrl 1 year, 4 months ago

Really? The school distrit foists the pads on us and then wants families to supplement the cost of having them? Come on.

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baldwinfan 1 year, 4 months ago

Just wondering if they looked at Kindle's instead of iPads? We really like our kindle at more than half the cost of iPads.

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Stacy Napier 1 year, 4 months ago

No kidding. This just never ends. They want more and more. We already pay $80 for books each year. Is that going to be reduced since all the books will be on the Ipad? I don't think so.

And no they did not consider any other E reader. This district thinks apple is the greatest and only computer on the earth, yet no large company uses it. We have a the first Nook Color that came out and it is still great. I watch netflix on it, get on the ineternet, etc. You can type papers on it, what ever you want. This district is a joke.

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Stacy Napier 1 year, 4 months ago

Oh and we have not been asked to any meeting. How about setting a date before eveyone makes vaction plans ect. Or you could just wait until the week before and anounce it. No one will show up to complain.

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Goldie 1 year, 4 months ago

It was the view of some that students are more “invested” in the care of iPads with fees, Hemphill said. That was the view of the technology director of the Inman school district, who said the district had more problems with broken and lost iPads this year after dropping the fee.

Just a thought. Lost, stolen, damaged... IPads are the financial responsibility of the student / parent. Problem solved.

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Bloggerboo 1 year, 4 months ago

But then, Goldie, you are forcing folks to basically buy an expensive item they might not have otherwise planned/budgeted for. To be honest with you, I agree with Notwhat on this one. There are plenty of other eReaders out there for much cheaper, but this district thinks it has to ally with Apple on everything. The cost is already getting overwhelming and we haven't even started using them.

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Stacy Napier 1 year, 4 months ago

That is great so since I am paying for it, it should be mine, but it won't. I agree with if you break it you buy it but to make someone pay for insurance up front is like making you buy health insurance, Wait where I have heard that before.

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