Hazelwood School Board to expand laptop computer program

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) - The Hazelwood School Board has voted to expand its laptop computer program. This means high school children in Hazelwood will get new Chromebook laptops.

It's a pricey plan for technology the district has already been implementing into its curriculum, despite facing a serious budget deficit and cuts.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report the Board of Education voted to spend nearly $2 million for new laptops for its high school students. District Leaders have said many students don't have access to this technology at home.

It's why they provided third through eighth graders with Chromebooks this school year.

Officials said those were paid for by funds already in the technology budget.

The interim superintendent told FOX 2 that it planned to recycle teachers old laptops to give to high schoolers.  It's a different plan than the new laptops the school board voted on Tuesday night.

The Post reports school leaders say the cost to repair those old devices are nearly the same as buying new ones with warranties.