RSS: laptop deployment going well

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The digital learning era is now powering up in Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

This week the system has deployed brand new laptops and iPads for every middle and high school student in the system.  Students are required to sign a digital citizenship contract and responsible use policy.

Rowan County commissioners allowed the system to use $12 million over the next three years to lease the equipment. Educators say they're excited about this big rollout.

"For us, the community that we have we are very rural and education is about competitiveness," said Dr. Jamie Durant, principal at West Rowan High School.  "It's going to put us on an even playing field with other schools in the state and across the nation and give our students an opportunity for life beyond high school that they haven't had in the past."

Schools are getting new cables so there are enough connections for all students to connect to the internet, and each classroom will have a hive, or an access point.

Students are charged a $50 "technology fee" for laptops and a $25 fee for iPads.

By the end of the year the devices will be in the hands of every student third grade and higher.

The deployment continues through September 10.