KINGSPORT, Tenn. - December 3, 2013 Update 10:55 p.m.
Kingsport students are going to have to wait longer to get new technology in the classroom.
The $900,000 dollar plan includes updating wi-fi networks and providing laptops and tablets for students.
The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman voted Tuesday night to remove the tech items from the meeting agenda.
The BMA wanted to know more about the tech plans both long and short term.
They tell us they also wanted to look at how to best fund technology now and into the future.
December 3, 2013 Update 6:00 p.m.
Kingsport City Schools are getting ready for a big technology upgrade, and only one meeting stands in between hundreds of students learning on new laptops.
The days of carrying books to and from school are coming to end. Kingsport City Schools tells us they are trying to stay ahead of the digital trend.
John Payne is the Director of Technology for Kingsport City Schools. "We'll order 250 laptops at a time, and then take two weeks to set those up and deploy them in the classroom. Then we'll get another 250, and another 250," he explained.
It's all part of a more than $900,000 technology plan by Kingsport City Schools to upgrade their existing equipment while also introducing the latest gadgets to students. "For student devices we are looking at Dell Latitude 330 laptops," Payne said.
Payne tells us the these laptops will also help with new testing requirements. "The PARCC Assessment, which is a national test that will be given in our state, it will replace the TCAP. It's going to actually be piloted this spring, and the actual test will start being administered next year," he said.
We also found they plan to provide laptops and tablets for school administrators, in addition to upgrading the wi-fi networks at several schools in the city.
It's all good news to parents we spoke with. "I do think the laptop is needed in today's times with education," said one parent. "There are parents who can't afford the technology, so I'm sure it will be very beneficial to parents who can't."
The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote on the funding for upgrade Tuesday night.
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