EMPORIA, Kan. - More students in Emporia's elementary schools will be equipped with computers after the school board voted to spend nearly $100,000 on tablets for first- and fourth-graders.The Emporia Gazette reports the board approved bids of more than $44,000 for 140 Samsung Galaxy tablets for first-graders, and roughly $56,000 to buy 190 of the tablets for fourth-graders. Susan Brinkman was one of two board members opposing the purchase.
Brinkman questioned whether the same amount of educational software is available on the tablet as on the Apple iPads she said are more commonly used in schools.
The purchase will be covered from the Emporia district's technology fund. The district previously spent about $126,000 on Samsung Chromebook laptops for fifth- and sixth-grade students.