BCSC to borrow $2 million for student computers

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. soon will have one-to-one computing for students in Grades 3-8.

The BCSC board on Monday night unanimously approved borrowing $2 million at an interest rate of less than 1 percent to purchase 4,500 Chromebooks and assign each student in third through eighth grade one of the district-owned computers.

The school district’s Bid Committee will award the sale of $2 million in bonds at 3:30 p.m. today during a public meeting at the school district’s administrative offices.

The committee also will hear objections and support from members of the public regarding the consideration of bids and the award of the bond sale.

The meeting of the three-member committee wraps up the last bit of a monthlong process to provide students with district-owned computers.

Superintendent John Quick said the district is happy to be moving forward with the purchase and to be doing so with the full support of the school board.

The new computers are another step in the district’s goal to improve instruction and using technology as a tool to do so, he said.

It’s especially important to have sufficient technology available for Grades 3-8 because ISTEP is going to a Web-based format, and having enough computers means the district can schedule testing around instruction, Quick said.

If you go

What: Bid Committee meeting and public hearing

When: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services Conference Room, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Administration Building, 1200 Central Ave.