“Henrico County’s [Virginia] landmark laptop computer initiative for high-school students will continue. By a vote of 4-0 (with one abstention), Henrico’s School Board followed the recommendation of Superintendent Fred Morton Feb. 24 and authorized school officials to issue a request for proposal (RFP), which will solicit specific contract proposals from computer vendors in order to continue the program,” Tom Lappas reports for The Henrico Citizen.
“The school system’s initial four-year contract with Apple for the lease of iBook computers for high-school students and teachers will expire June 30. (A four-year contract with Apple for middle-school iBooks will expire on the same date next year. Its possible extension will be considered separately by the School Board at a later date.) School officials hope to draft and issue a RFP for the continuation of the high-school laptop program within the next two weeks, Morton told the Citizen following the board’s vote. All proposals likely would be due within two or three weeks after that, he said. Morton and HCPS administrative officials then would review the proposals, and Morton would recommend one to the School Board,” Lappas reports.
“Funding in the amount of $3 million for the continuation of the high-school laptop program for the 2005-06 school year is included in the School Board¹s budget request, which it approved Feb. 24. The county’s Board of Supervisors will consider that request in the coming months before adopting a final budget in April,” Lappas reports.
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