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School board OKs iPads for Hauser students

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Seventh- and eighth-graders at Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School will each be assigned an iPad beginning in the fall.

The Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. board approved a resolution Tuesday that will allow the district to lease 150 iPads at a cost of $21,422 per year for four years.

The devices will be funded through a $150 textbook rental fee per student and $11,000 from the school corporation’s capital projects fund annually.

The rental fee is still less than the average $200 in fees that students currently pay, and it also covers digital textbooks that will be used on the devices.

Beginning in 2015-16, all students in Grades 7-12 will have iPads to use for school, although lease agreements for the additional devices have not been set.

Superintendent Kathy Griffey said she feels confident the district has taken all necessary steps for a smooth implementation.

Additional costs may come up — such as increasing Internet speed and access, as well as purchasing iPad management applications — but the board gave Griffey the go-ahead to apply for a state loan of $83,500, to be paid back over three years.

Griffey said she thinks there’s a 75 percent chance she and the technology staff will submit an application.

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