CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove Board of Education is launching a one-to-one Chromebook laptop initiative which will provide a Chromebook to every student in grades 5 through 12.  

On July 23 the board approved two motions to further this initiative.  The first approved quotes received from CDI Technologies for $112,492.25 for the purchase Chromebooks, warranty coverage, Google Chrome software, and protective covers.  The second motion approved a fee of $25 per year per child to parents for the use of 24-hour Chromebook accessibility in grades 5-12 -- the money will be used toward warranty expense and repairs to damaged Chromebooks.

“We believe at this time we are ready to launch a one-to-one device initiative.  We’ve shifted instructional practices to better personalize the learning. We’ve embraced future-ready technologies in our classroom Pre-K  through 12,” said Superintendent Michael Fetherman. “We’re ready, the kids are ready, the community is ready. So at this time we’re going to be launching a 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative not just in grades 5-9 as initially planned, but in grades 5-12.”

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Fetherman said they would use existing inventory for grades 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12, while new Chromebooks will be issued to students in grades 5 and 9.  

“We’re excited.  We’ve got great plans to put this program in place,” Fetherman explained.  “It does come at a cost as you can see by this resolution, but it is a commitment that this board, our administration, our teaching staff, and our students have been making and moving toward over the years.”

Chromebooks will be distributed to students the week of Aug. 26.  A schedule was emailed to parents.  

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