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Student iPad initiative to continue

District 833 will continue assigning an iPad to each student in five schools.

The district is re-upping its contract with Apple to provide 1-to-1 digital learning with iPads to students at Park High School, Oltman Middle School and Crestview, Pullman and Newport elementary schools.

School board members on June 23 approved a schedule for the $1.42 million lease purchase agreement to replace roughly 3,600 iPads that have been used the past three years.

iPads were assigned to students beginning in the fall of 2013 as part of a broader district effort to incorporate technology into the classroom. The district launched the iPad initiative at its five Title 1 schools, which have the highest percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Those iPads were purchased with one-time state money and district funds.

Other District 833 schools use iPads and other tablets, but they are not assigned to each student.

The new iPads will be purchased with school building funds and money from two district departments — technology and teaching and learning services, according to district technology director Bob Berkowitz.

The old iPads may be sold to an asset recovery firm; bids have ranged from $325,000 to $450,000. That revenue will help offset the purchase of new iPads.