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Helmut Schmidt, Published January 08 2013

Fargo School Board buys 900 tablets for new tech initiative

FARGO – The Fargo School Board voted 8-0 Tuesday to buy 900 Dell Latitude 10 tablet computers with keyboards for the second wave of this year’s Glass Paper Project technology initiative.

The computers will be distributed to sophomores at North High School, and to half of the sixth-graders at the district’s three middle schools as part of a pilot project.

The cost of the tablets is $531,369, which includes a three-year warranty.

The Glass Paper Project got under way shortly after the start of the school year with distribution of laptop computers to sophomores at South High School.

“We are entering into a technology age in our classrooms at an even greater level,” board President Jim Johnson said.

In other business, the board held the line on pay for its members.

School board members have been paid $1,000 per month since Jan. 1, 2009.

Board member Paul Meyers made a motion to raise board pay to $1,200 a month as of July 1, and to have future pay increases tied to any rise in overall compensation to the district’s teachers.

That motion failed for a lack of a second and there was no further discussion.

The pay issue is brought up annually as part of a board policy designed to include any changes in the budgeting process for the coming year.

Board member John Strand was not present.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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