“This allows our students to keep up with current trends and take advantage of the latest software tools in the classroom,” said Dan Johnson, the district’s technology director.
The sale, which is open to the public, will take place Friday, June 23, starting at 9 a.m. in the TSAC building adjacent to Grand County High School, 604 South 400 East, Moab. Money generated from the sale goes back into the schools, district officials said.
“We will limit the sale to one computer per person to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get a PC,” Johnson said, adding, “If there are computers left over, we will hold a secondary sale in July.”
“We replace our computers every five years,” Johnson added. “These upgrades allow us to increase the processor speeds of the PCs. RAM is also expanded to run programs more efficiently. And this year we are able to use solid state hard drives, which allow for much faster boot times and quicker access to educational software.”
Johnson said the new computers being installed in this rotation are Dell OptiPlex 3050 mini computers, which he said will save power.
“The monitors are 23 inches and were purchased with the idea that they will last 10 to 15 years and help reduce the cost of future computer rotations,” he said. “We were also able to decrease the cost of the new computers by working with Emery School District by purchasing more computers than Grand County [School District] could buy on its own.”
In addition, Johnson said that more than 120 additional Chromebooks will be purchased.
“We are working on high accessibility for technology devices. This means if a teacher needs devices in their classroom, they will be ready to go. We are also increasing the internet speeds coming into the district,” Johnson said. “UEN (Utah Educational Network) will install 10GB internet access through Moab and into Blanding. To be able to take advantage of this increased speed, we need to upgrade our current equipment. The sale money will go towards a new firewall with increased capacity and the latest in threat protection.”
The bulk of the computers being sold at the June 23 sale are Dell Vostro 360 all-in-one machines, which are being offered for $150. These are 23-inch screen models that have the PC built in. A second VGA display may be connected for a dual monitor. The processor is an Intel Core i3 and has 4GB RAM, with a 500 GB hard drive.
A number of Dell Latitude laptops will also be available for sale, for $125. These have a 14-inch screen and a 250GB hard drive. Some of them have 4GB RAM and the others have 2GB RAM.