Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/23/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: FY 2018/19 K-2 Technology Project (7:45 - 7:55)
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 3
We will improve opportunity and achievement.
Policy: IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives
File Attachment:
K-2 Technology 082318.pptx
Summary: On July 12, the Board received information about a funding request for the purchase of touchscreen devices for all Kindergarten classrooms. The item is for action this evening.

Summary from July 12:
The ACPS departments of Student Learning and Learning Engineering, Access, and Design (LEAD) have collaborated on a design effort with learning space modernization. Beginning with kindergarten in fiscal year 2018-2019, as the Division’s K-2 classrooms are refurnished to maximize student choice and learner agency, new age-appropriate technologies will be introduced to support Universal Design for Learning, digital literacy and citizenship curriculum, and increase student creativity and voice. A combined professional learning program is underway to support these changes in a fully integrated manner.

ACPS has never had a Division level funding stream for K-2 technology, and what technology is currently in these classrooms is typically older and less reliable, or was funded by PTOs in a manner which challenges our mission of equity and opportunity. This plan would put 10 touchscreen tablets, with teacher management, a full warranty, and a highly protective case, into every K-2 classroom beginning with kindergarten this year. The full cost of this program, annually, is approximately $300,000 to $320,000, with a first year cost of $320,000. This sum will supply these devices to the classrooms with a 3-year warranty, and will replace them on a 3-year cycle. This will form the basis of a new budget initiative for FY 2019/20 to obtain recurring funding to bring equitable and systemic equipment to all classrooms in the division, including the K-2 levels.

For this first year, LEAD has pulled $100,000 from other operations to support this, a cost we can absorb on a one-time basis. LEAD is requesting the Board approve a transfer of up to $220,000 from fund balance to kick start this initiative to bring such equipment into our K-2 classrooms.
Funding: This initiative will require an additional $220,000 in FY18/19.
Recommendation: Request an appropriation of $220,000 from fund balance to fund kindergarten devices for purchase during the 2018/19 school year. Consider funding a replacement cycle for these devices as well as the purchase and subsequent replacement cycle of devices for first and second grades during the regular budget development cycle of future years.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Rosalyn Schmitt - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Debora Collins - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Dr. Matt Haas - Superintendent