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FD School Board Approves Purchases - from The Messenger

December 21, 2020

The Fort Dodge Community School District will be using $300,000 in CARES Act funding to purchase 1,050 Chromebooks for students to use this fall.

The board of education approved the purchase at its meeting on Thursday.

In order to use the CARES money, the devices need to be in the district's possession by July 1, 2021, district information technology supervisor Jeremy Pearson explained. Because of stocking issues with the devices, Pearson said it would be best to place the order now to ensure the district will have the Chromebooks by the deadline.

The district is purchasing 700 Chromebooks to replace the ones used by students in grades 7 and 10, at a cost of $348.55 each, which includes the Google Management license. An additional 350 Chromebooks, a more basic model, will be purchased for third-graders at a cost of $226.92.

The devices will be purchased through Sterling Computers, which has a state contract to provide Chromebooks to Iowa public schools.

The total purchase of the Chromebooks is $323,407.

The school board also approved the purchases of three new school buses and a new eight-passenger van.

District Director of Transportation Brad Niemeyer presented his recommendation for the van purchase from Fort Dodge Ford for $33,406.34. The bid from Fort Dodge Ford included $3,300 for a trade-in vehicle, bringing the total cost to $30,106.34. Shimkat Motors and Kemna Auto did not submit bids for this purchase.

The bid for three 77-passenger school buses from Hoglund Bus Co. out of Marshalltown was the winning bid at a total net price - with an $8,000 trade-in allowance - of $297,994.

Thomas Built Buses, of Council Bluffs, submitted a bid of $307,197 with a trade-in allowance of $6,000. School Bus Sales, of Waterloo, submitted a bid of $303,531, with a trade-in allowance of $6,000.

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