Hamilton County Schools chart three-year technology path
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -
To bring the technology infrastructure of Hamilton County Schools up
to speed, school officials say they must spend millions more annually to
hire new teachers, administrators and technicians.
Altogether, a three-year technology plan released this week calls for
eventually spending nearly $4 million more annually. That's a figure
that doesn't include the price of new devices, but covers the salaries
and benefits of new employees, as well as the cost of training.
The school board and the school system's IT department have been
studying Hamilton County's outdated stock of computers, tablets and
wireless networks since Superintendent Rick Smith announced an ambitious
plan in December 2012 to put an iPad or other device into the hands of
all the county's 42,000 students.
The district's new tech plan, discussed at a Thursday Board of
Education committee meeting, lays out a three-year timeline for getting
the county's employees and infrastructure ready to handle a mass influx
of iPads, cellphones or laptops. Through July 2016, the plan calls for: