Baldwin County might not be an Apple-only school system in the coming years, when it comes to the technology its students use to learn.
During the Board of Education’s work session in Robertsdale on Tuesday, system Director of Technology Homer Coffman told board members his department is looking at possibly moving from iPad and MacBook Air computers to PC devices, such as the HP Pilot and Chromebooks, which are made by multiple manufacturers.
If chosen for the 2016-2017 school year, the new computers would cost drastically less than the current Macs – around $220 a piece versus more than $1,000 – at a savings of $5 to $6 million per year. By Sept. 2016, the school system will have spent $24 million on its Digital Renaissance program.
“We’d be going from a Cadillac to a we-don’t-know-what” – David Tarwater