The Chillicothe R-2 School District is considering the purchase of laptop computer devices to aid in instruction for all Chillicothe High School students.

The Chillicothe R-2 School District is considering the purchase of laptop computer devices to aid in instruction for all Chillicothe High School students. The district will accept bids for 750 Chromebooks and protective equipment to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers, according to Melissa Young, education technology specialist for the district. At the beginning of the current school year, Chillicothe Middle School became the first school in the district to become a 1:1 school, meaning that a laptop computer was designated for each student for the school year. In all, approximately 600 Chromebooks were purchased for middle school students. “It has been a successful program,” Young said. “Our goal is academic achievement and we feel students are much more engaged when they have the technology in front of them.” Young noted that by providing laptops for each student, learning goes beyond the school day since students can take the computers home and build upon what they are learning in the classroom. Bids for the 750 Chromebooks are due by March 10. The district will decide what course of action, if any, to take once bids are opened and state funding availability is known.