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When students return this fall to West Hancock Schools, they will find new Chromebooks waiting for them.

The West Hancock Community School District School Board approved purchasing Chromebooks from FireFly Computers out of St. Paul, Minnesota, during their monthly meeting June 17.

Superintendent Wayne Kronemann said last year the district skipped a year replacing laptops at the middle and high schools, passing on to the elementary school, and are due now for new student and staff Chromebooks.

A couple of years ago the district switched to Chromebooks rather than buying more expensive personal computers.

Kronemann presented five bids from two companies – two from FireFly and the other three from CDW-G.

For staff Chromebooks, FireFly offered the nine laptops and nine Chrome management consoles for a total of $2,637.

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For student Chromebooks, they offered 40 Lenovo 100e Gen 2 Chromebooks, 45 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Gen 4 Chromebooks and 85 Chrome management consoles for a grand total of $22,450.

CDW-G offered nine Chromebooks and nine Chrome management console licenses for a total of $4,455 for the staff laptops.

For student Chromebooks, CDW-G offered the same 40 Lenovo 100e Chromebooks and 40 Chrome management console licenses for a total of $9,800.

In their final bid, they offered 45 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebooks and 45 Chrome management console licenses for a total of $20,700. If the district went for these two bids, the total cost would be $30,500.

Board secretary Mona Buns said CDW-G was afraid of where some tariffs would go, so they were adding onto their prices. FireFly, on the other hand, didn’t mention tariffs to Buns and said they would stand by their price.

In the end, because they had done some business with FireFly in the past and FireFly had the best prices, the school board decided to accept FireFly’s bid.

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