The Kennett Consolidated School District Technology Department is committed to serving the Kennett community. Some of the on-going, student-community initiatives are explained:
Loaner Laptop Program
A few years ago, we initiated a student loaner laptop program with the goal of providing home use of a laptop computer to students who could not otherwise afford to purchase one. What began as a trial program 2 years ago at Greenwood involving about 24 laptops will hopefully expand to about 300 laptops this year. And the program is growing every year. This also includes the STEM laptop loaner program. The loaner program has been recognized in the article “Digital Equity:’A Moral Imperative’:Part 3” by Tara Smith. Digital Equity: A Moral Imperative .
Expansion of the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program. Students are encouraged to bring their own technology, laptops, tablets, etc., to school. This helps to alleviate the need for the District to purchase more devices, thus incurring a cost saving to the taxpayers.
Equipment Recycling Program
Each year old computer equipment, computers, monitors, printers, and spent toner cartridges, are removed from classrooms and offices and replaced with updated equipment. Old equipment is sold to a recycler, Sycamore, Inc., for either proper disposal or reuse. The District is reimbursed for all reusable equipment that is sold. These funds are used to purchase additional student devices. All hard drives are certified by Sycamore to be erased of all data prior to disposal or reuse.
Beginning September, 2016, the District will co-ordinate sessions and workshops based upon the topics that are important to parents, students, and the Kennett community.