By Sam Elliott
Parents of students in Hamilton Southeastern schools may get some relief when it comes to technology fees within the district next school year.
Assistant Supt. Dr. Jan Combs addressed the school board at its Feb. 24 regular meeting and said one of her biggest takeaways from meeting with PTOs and community members during the administration’s fall listening tour in advance of preparing the upcoming referendum was concern over the rental fees for student’s iPads.
“One of the things that we heard over and over and over again in those meetings throughout the community was concern for the amount of fees passed on to our families over the course of the last few years with the budget restraints we’ve experienced,” Combs said.
When next year’s school fees are officially brought before the school board in May, the technology department will be recommending the fee for iPad rental to drop from $125 to $90.
“We have a lot of families in this district that have multiple children and it becomes a hardship on them when you have two, three or four iPads that you need to purchase or rent,” Combs said.
High school students will no longer be using iPads next year, as the district has found a more appropriate device for its older students.
“We took a long look at that and we found a different device that we can use for the high schools, and we’ll bring those iPads that the high school students had down to the elementary schools for next year,” Combs said. “We’ll have more of a notebook style of device for the high school students, and that rental will also be at $90 if approved.”