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Leetonia School board receives update on damaged equipment

LEETONIA — The Leetonia school board received an update on the 1:1 initiative, particularly the amount of damaged equipment since the program began two years ago.

At the school board’s April meeting schools Superintendent Rob Mehno shared information provided by technology coordinator Ryan Clapsaddle regarding the amount of repairs needed for the devices given to the students as part of the program.

Mehno said that with the school year winding down, the district is preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. An evaluation of the 1:1 initiative showed an expansion to include grades seven through 11 as well as Chromebook carts for grades four through six.

The upkeep of the Chromebooks per year is as follows:

In 2016-2017 there were 132 total devices in the district with three screens repaired..

In 2017-2018 there were 245 total devices in the district with six screens, two batteries,one keyboard and two or more cases repaired.

In 2018-2019 there were 570 devices in the district with 23 screens, seven batteries, five keyboards and four or more cases repaired.

The repairs of A/C adapters is unknown.

According to Clapsaddle the cost of Chromebook part repairs was $33 for a screen, $37 and $43 for batteries, $18 for a keyboard, $17 for A/C Adapters and $28 for cases.

Information provided by Clapsaddle also showed repair time was an estimated 30 minutes per device and four students have broken the screen more than once.

Mehno also noted a Verizon Hotspot for the program piloted with a middle school student for $40 per month unlimited was working well. A Hotspot and Chromebook program with a senior student with no home internet access will begin this week, he said.

In other business the board approved an update memorandum of understanding with the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) for use of facilities in the event of emergency situations.

The board also accepted donations of $4,973.40 from the Leetonia Area Sports Association (LASA) to the Class of 2021, $3,000 from the Leetonia Eagles to the Eagles Scholarship Fund, $500 from Bob and Linda Sebo for robotics, $100 from the Carol Ryan Family for the food pantry, $100 from Mathew and Deborah Simpson for baseball, $40 from Beth Hall for the food pantry and $1,020 from various community members and organizations to the high school Destination Imagination emergency buckets project.

khowell@salemnews.net

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