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District allows seniors to keep iPads after graduation

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Kayleigh Padar

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Seniors will be allowed to keep their iPads at the end of the school year for the first time since the school has used iPads.

“The iPads have been a valuable tool for students in the District. As students pursuit furthering their education, it seems fit that maintaining a device will aid in this process,” technology services supervisor Jason Sendelbach said. 

A “Digital Learning Fee” was added to the overall registration fee this year, which covers the cost of the iPad, purchased apps by the District, digital textbooks, protection plan, and maintenance and support. Previously, students paid an optional fee for maintenance and support, which was replaced with this new mandatory fee.

Many students were hoping to keep their iPads. “I wanted to keep my iPad because I like to use it along with my computer so I can have multiple screens up while I’m working on projects,” senior Jenna Simpson said.

Previously the district used the iPads for summer school programs and the sell some to recyclers. The money from the recyclers was used to help sustain the program.

Many students want to keep their iPads for convenience and to further their educations, but also for recreational reasons. “I’m on level 926 in Candy Crush, but it’s connected to my Facebook so it updates with my phone. It’s my greatest achievement in high school.”

Although the seniors will be allowed to keep their iPads at the end of the year, the district is still trying to figure out the details. For example, students might not be able to keep their iPads until they pay any outstanding fees.

“Administration is presently trying to determine how this will work,” D214 director of technology Keith Bockwoldt said.

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