Norfolk School Board Wants all Senior High Students to Have Chromebooks

NORFOLK - Steps were taken Monday night to move the Norfolk Senior High closer to the goal of providing a Google Chromebook computer for every Senior High student in the fall of 2014.  Acting Senior High Principal Jake Luhr told members of the Board of Education that the pilot program this fall includes four classrooms with sets of Chromebooks.  Instructors Joe Meyer, Dave Nelson, John Erwin and Chris Begeman talked about their classrooms and how students are using the new technology. Luhr says six more teachers will be joining the pilot program in January.  At the request of Director of Teaching and Learning Beth Nelson, the Board approved letting of bids for six more classroom sets of Chromebooks for immediate use, and for approximately 1200 Chromebooks for next fall.  Nelson says that, when the new Chromebooks are purchased for the one-to-one program in the fall, the 10 classroom sets of Chromebooks used in the pilot program will be utilized at the Middle School.  Director of Business Services Bill Robinson says more than $400,000 has been budgeted for the purchase, but he expects the bids to come in about $50,000 below that.