WCS to buy more than 18,500 laptops for next school year

School board awaits approval from county commission

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The Williamson County Schools Board of Education voted to spend over $1.5 million on Chromebooks for the upcoming school year.

The Williamson County Schools Board of Education met for its May meeting, commemorating the end of the semester and ushering in a time of planning for the upcoming school year, including a big laptop purchase.

At the start of the meeting, WCS Superintendent Jason Golden took a moment to congratulate the WCS senior class of 2020.

"Those celebrations that they typically have at the end of the school year, where they share their wisdom with some of the underclassmen, where they have those celebrations really got cut short. And I know nationally that's been acknowledged, but I felt like it was very important for me to acknowledge our seniors and thank them for their leadership and the example they've been to those younger grades that come behind them," he said. "They are not going to be forgotten."

Golden shared the district plans to open its facilities within social distancing and safety guidelines on June 1.

"Principals will be communicating some details with both athletics and arts and with students who will be using the facilities over the course of the summer," he said.

The board also passed a few budget amendments, including the use of funds to finish out capital improvements at Brentwood High School and over $1.5 million for 18,555 new Chromebooks for the upcoming school year.

The district released its planning framework for the next school year on Thursday, sharing that a team will plan for three different scenarios to start the school year: on-campus school, remote school and a hybrid school plan. In all three of these scenarios, the district decided it would provide a Chromebook to every student.

The final approval of this Chromebook purchase lies in the hands of the Williamson County Board of Commissioners. The commission meets for its next meeting on June 8 at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit wcs.edu and williamsoncounty-tn.gov.

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