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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Perrysburg Schools want to
prepare their students for the 21st-century job force, but at what
The district will be
piloting a one-on-one technology program next year, which means students in
grades 5-12 will be given a tablet or laptop. Some say this is unfair to
"Either you're broke, or
you're swimming in money, and I don't think the taxpayers think the schools are
swimming in money," said Todd Grayson, Perrysburg resident and city council
member. "So why spend a million dollars you don't have on computers?"
Perrysburg Schools will be
purchasing Samsung Chromebooks for fifth and eighth-graders, and Macbook Air
laptops for ninth-graders as part of their one-on-one technology pilot.
Grayson says he doesn't
see a reason for such an expensive laptop.
"There are laptops out in
the market that are perfectly reasonable and functional, that I can use for my
business as a professional salesman, for $300," he said. "And they want to go
out and spend over $900 for a Macbook."
Superintendent Tom Hosler
says the device is crucial for the education needs of students today.
"We live in a day where if
we want kids to go home with 30-pound backpacks and learn in that way that we
were taught, we're really doing a disservice to our kids," Hosler said.
They visited 12 schools
that are currently partaking in the one-on-one technology pilot. They say along
with their research, and their own use of Macs, they believe it's the way to
"When you look at the cost
up front, they might not be as cheap," Hosler said. "But in terms of
maintenance, the durability, the resistance to viruses and other kinds of
things, we have found that's such a benefit."