Since the pandemic prompted school districts to switch to online learning, APS has distributed thousands of computers to its roughly 52,000 students. The district handed out devices that previously had been kept in schools for in-classroom use, and it also launched a fundraising drive through its philanthropic foundation to purchase computers for students to keep.
District officials said the just-approved contract will provide devices for about 40,000 students. APS can return the computers at any time during the five-year lease. The district will pay about $6.6 million in the first year of the contract.
The total cost for all five years is estimated at $24.6 million. Private funds raised by the district’s foundation will cover about $7.5 million of that cost, with the remainder coming from federal coronavirus relief dollars and sales-tax revenue received by APS.
“We are excited that this positions Atlanta Public Schools to be fully one-to-one,” said Superintendent Lisa Herring.
Board Chairman Jason Esteves also praised the technology move and said it will benefit students during and after the coronavirus crisis.
“Not during the pandemic, not for right now, but for the future — every student will have technology at their fingertips,” he said.