Soon, all students at Wauseon High School and Wauseon Middle School will be getting computers.
The Wauseon Exempted Village Board of Education announced that the district will launch a one-to-one technology initiative for the 2014–15 school year. The program, which will parallel several others in the area such as in the Defiance and Archbold school districts, will provide a computer for each student to use at school or home.
The computers being provided are Chromebooks, and will be paid for with a portion of the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s closeout funding. The district will not use general fund dollars on the initiative.
Board members chose the Chromebooks for their price and “free licensing” operating system, The district will also purchase digital licenses and use free, online instructional materials when possible.
All students in grades 6–12 will be responsible for the care of their device, and for paying a $50 insurance payment each year.
Chromebooks will also be going to kids in grades 3 to 5 at a ratio of one computer for every two students, and in grades K-2 at the ratio of one device for every three students.