Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
7/12/2018 - 6:30 PM  
Category:
SCHOOL DIVISION BUSINESS  
Type:
Info  
Subject:
FY 2018/19 K-2 Technology Project (9:10 to 9:25)  
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 3
We will improve opportunity and achievement.
 
Policy:
IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives  
Enclosure:
 
File Attachment:
 
Summary:
The ACPS departments of Student Learning and Learning Engineering, Access, and Design have collaborated on a design effort with learning space modernization. Beginning with kindergarten in fiscal year 2018-2019, as the Division’s K-2 classrooms are refurnished to maximize student choice and learner agency, new age-appropriate technologies will be introduced to support Universal Design for Learning and increase student voice. A combined professional learning program is underway to support these changes in a fully integrated manner.
ACPS has never had a Division level funding stream for K-2 technology, and what technology is currently in these classrooms is typically older and less reliable, or was funded by PTOs in a manner which challenges our mission of equity and opportunity. This plan would put 10 touchscreen tablets, with teacher management, a full warranty, and a highly protective case, into every K-2 classroom – along with 5 laptop computers – beginning with kindergarten this year. The full cost of this program, annually, is approximately $300,000 to $320,000, with a first year cost of $320,000. This sum will supply these devices to the classrooms with a 3-year warranty, and will replace them on a 3-year cycle. This will form the basis of a new budget initiative for FY 2019/20 to obtain recurring funding to bring equitable and systemic equipment to all classrooms in the division, including the K-2 levels.
For this first year, LEAD has pulled $100,000 from other operations to support this, a cost we can absorb on a one-time basis. LEAD is requesting the Board approve a transfer of up to $220,000 from fund balance to kick start this initiative to bring such equipment into our K-2 classrooms.
 
Funding:
Initial funding would be utilizing one time monies from fund balance.  
Recommendation
Receive for information and direction for adoption on August 9.  
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jackson Zimmermann - Assistant Director of Fiscal Services
Signed By:  
Rosalyn Schmitt - Chief Information Officer
Signed By:  
Ira Socol - Executive Director Education Technology and Innovation
Signed By:  
Dr. Matt Haas - Superintendent