At their meeting Thursday night, Trigg County Board of Education members voted unanimously to spend $102,061.30 on 310 extra Chromebooks from Dell, at $329.23 per unit.
While they weren’t the cheapest option – HP had the lowest bid at $312 per unit – Trigg County Schools Assistant Superintendent James Mangels, filling in for Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby, said the ones they purchased have better durability and a longer battery life. The Chromebooks they are purchasing, he stated, can last up to 11 hours without needing to be recharged.
“There was a decision that was not the best option for us, due to the fact that the Chromebook 11, which is slightly higher every benchmark, it beat that HP,” Mangels said. “The biggest key was the durability of the machines, and then also the battery life.”
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