Stunning Cost Revealed In Depreciation Document Obtained By BocaNewsNow.com
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (News App readers click here for full report) — The Palm Beach County School system paid full price — or nearly full price — for its massive order of Chromebooks as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold a year ago.
In a depreciation statement obtained by BocaNewsNow.com, the school district is preparing to deduct the full price of each unit over the course of five years. Of note, the HP Chromebook 11. Its two versions, 11 and 11a, are listed as costing the school district $199 and $241. The pricing is a standout. The school district purchased tens of thousands of these units. A single purchaser on Amazon.com — or on HP’s own website — can purchase the same units at the same price.
The school district’s 180,000 students were each offered a Chromebook for use during distance learning.
While Chromebooks were not needed for all students — some already had access their own devices or were assigned devices pre-pandemic — it was not immediately clear why the school district paid full price for the needed units instead of negotiating a better deal for such a massive quantity.
It is rare that a school district the size of Palm Beach County — the tenth largest in the United States — would pay full price for any bulk order.
Chromebooks, and the Palm Beach County School District’s take home policy, are set for review during upcoming School Board meetings.
While the school system has had a take home policy for years, it wasn’t a focal point until the COVID-19 pandemic struck a year ago.
Under the policy set for review, students in some situations will be permitted to keep the devices year-round, with the belief that it will encourage academic growth over the summer. At the same time, parents will be reminded that they are responsible for the full cost of the devices if they are lost, stolen or destroyed.
Students transferring schools within the school district will be required to return the device before leaving — each device is assigned to a school, not the school district as a whole.
We are publishing the policy proposal, below, along with the expected depreciation amount.
The School Board will continue to work on the policies in its upcoming workshop, set for March 3rd.
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