August 26, 2013

Carroll approves tablet purchase

School corp. to buy up to 40 additional iPads for student use.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — The Carroll Consolidated school board last week approved buying up to 40 more iPads at a cost of up to $22,080.

Board president Dave Lambert said increased enrollment provided a good reason to purchase the additional iPads. This year, a total of 1,137 students are enrolled at Carroll Elementary and Carroll Junior-Senior High School. Enrollment last year was 1,135 students.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Lambert said.

When first discussed at the meeting, Superintendent Chris Lagoni asked that the board approve the purchase of 20 more iPads, which would bring the cost to around $11,160.

All certified teachers have an iPad, but not all staff members, Lagoni said.

Board member Paul Redmon suggested they approve the full purchase now so the devices would be available for those who needed them and the board wouldn’t have to approve it again later.

The meeting took place in one of the new science structures at Carroll Junior-Senior High School. Although a date hasn’t been set, Lagoni said there will be an opportunity for community members to tour the rooms when they are completed. Final touches are being put on the rooms.

The iPads are being purchased from capital project funds and book fees.

Redmon asked if teaching assistants would also receive iPads and Lagoni said it would be a building-level decision made by principals if they want to use their accounts.

When board member Beth Stephens asked how quick the turn-around time is to receive iPads, Lagoni said previously it took about a week.

There are currently five spare iPads and with nine devices that didn’t originally format correctly. They should soon have 14.

Amanda Skinner, Carroll Elementary principal, said she was excited for the students to have iPads.

Lambert agreed students were excited. He told the board about a student who ran up to him exclaiming he had his iPad.

“No matter the student’s background, they all have the same iPad,” Skinner said. “You can really tell they’re excited to be at school this year.”

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or