Every seventh grade student and teacher at Carroll Middle School will have a laptop computer as early as the end of the month.
On Monday, Carroll School Board members approved a four-year lease agreement with Apple Computer Inc. to provide laptop computers to students and teachers at the school.
Carroll Community School District Superintendent Steve Schulz said he believes the one-to-one laptop initiative is the first of its kind in Iowa.
"The initiative was brought forward by Apple because they felt (CCSD) was a place you could have a successful pilot demonstration site put in place and we would commit to making sure that it works," Schulz said.
The school district will lease 135 iBooks, along with related equipment and service offerings, from Apple Computer at $164,862, which will be paid over the course of four years.
That total, which breaks down to $305.30 per student per year, will be paid for with physical, plant and equipment levy (PPEL) funds.
Schulz said the iBooks will be ordered by Friday and he expects delivery in five to 10 days.
Meetings with parents will be scheduled before the computers are handed out to the students, who will be able to use the laptop computers at school and at home.
Parents may be required to pay a $25 to $50 fee per student to help defray the costs of lost or damaged laptops. The districts liability insurance will cover all loss over its $1,000 deductible.
The computers will be equipped with password protection that will help prevent students from using the laptops for recreational purposes.