After reviewing the survey done with district parents following spring distance learning, the Aitkin Independent School District moved forward with filling a technology gap July 20.
The board agreed to purchase 300 iPads for use in grades K-5, 300 cases for the iPads and 100 Tred Sleeves for laptops in order to make technology available to students.
Superintendent Dan Stifter said the survey showed that, while internet connectivity was an issue in some places, so was the lack of technology in given homes – either because of children trying to use the same equipment or just a lack of a computer.
The cost includes $88,200 for the iPads, $10,485 for the cases and $3,052 for the laptop sleeves.
The costs will be