WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s meeting, the Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved $605,000 in capital requests for the 2019-2020 school year.
The capital requests included:
- $180,000 for projector & interactive whiteboard replacements at the Middle School
- $100,000 for a wireless upgrade at the Middle School
- $100,000 for laptop replacements at the North & West
- $100,000 for a new datacenter for the district
- $75,000 for 80 desktops and monitor replacements in the Middle School Tech Labs
- $30,000 for a PA system upgrade at the six lower schools
- $20,000 for Chromebook Carts for MCAS testing
“The use of technology continues to play a significant role in our schools,” Town Manager Jeff Hull stressed in his recent budget message. “Capital expenditures in the amount of $605,000 are recommended in the upcoming year’s budget to help ensure Wilmington’s students can develop essential skills for the 21st century.”
“The 18-year-old Middle School requires an upgrade to its Wi-Fi infrastructure. As use of technology continues to expand, maintaining connectivity is key,” said Hull. “The replacement of projectors and whiteboards is proposed, as the existing projects with be 10 years old in fiscal year 2020 and do not have the level of resolution as compared with current projects.”
Hull also noted that the current laptops and desktops at the North and West are at least five years old, while the upgrades to the school system’s data center will allow for “automatic data balancing, greater reliability and data protection, with capacity for data and computing growth.”
Residents will vote on each capital request at the Annual Town Meeting in May.
(NOTE: The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)
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