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FWISD Board of Education Considers Purchase of Thousands of Computers and Hotspots

At its scheduled online meeting on Tuesday, April 14, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will consider the emergency purchase of thousands of Chromebook computers and Internet hotspots.

The 3,160 Chromebooks are urgently needed to provide elementary school families with at least one device per household to support instruction.

“Access to a device is critical for support of the District’s Learning at Home initiative during the mandated state and county Covid-19 school closure,” said Jerry Moore, FWISD’s Chief Academic Officer.

The computer purchase will cost just over $1,194,000 million. When schools reopen these devices will support a one-to-one device implementation for fifth-grade students.

The Board will also vote on a measure to spend nearly $1.3 million for the immediate purchase of 6,000 hotspots to give families Internet connectivity to support instruction.  The hotspots will provide each household with a 3GB mobile plan and access to the District’s learning network.

Mr. Moore acknowledged the generosity and commitment of several individuals and community organizations in helping the District defer the cost of these needed items. 

As was the case in the Board’s meeting on March 31, trustees will convene online at 5:30 p.m. The Board meeting will be carried live on Spectrum (Charter) Channel 192 and the FWISD EdTV Channel on YouTube (search for YouTube FWISD EDTV).  The entire meeting will also be posted online afterward.

The meeting will also include an opportunity for the general public to address the Board either online or to have their questions or comments read to the Board, as submitted.

Citizens wishing to address the Board can sign up by calling 469-223-5985 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting. 

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