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All Houston County schools, apart from Webb Elementary, are getting 450 new Chromebooks for their computer labs.

The $173,170 expenditure was approved at the county school board meeting Tuesday night after the motion was amended to include Houston County High School and carts requested at some of the schools.

“Ashford High School and Wicksburg High School will need these Chromebooks for testing, so I recommend we go ahead and make the adjustment,” school Superintendent David Sewell said.

Technology Director Bob Blalock recommended using some of the district’s state-allotted Advancement in Technology Funds, a one-time appropriation from the Education Trust Fund, to divide evenly among the schools.

Schools administrators at the majority of schools decided they wanted to use the funds to purchase new computers for their computer labs.

Webb Elementary has decided to use the funds for another project.

County School officials have had many discussions about how to spend the $1.7 million the state awarded the system, as it is unclear how much it will receive in the future, and other annual state funding is earmarked for operational costs.

Some of the money was used to fund additional school resource officers for the Ashford Elementary and Rehobeth campuses.

Another approximately $350,000 was used to buy 450 Dell laptops for every teacher in the system after the district’s servers were hacked before the start of the 2019-20 school year.

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