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BRHS parents urged to attend mandatory meeting about iPads

Published 6:03pm Thursday, January 2, 2014

Benjamin Russell High School is set to host an essential meeting regarding hundreds of new iPads for students.

BRHS will hold a parent’s meeting Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. in the school’s auditorium for information regarding student’s iPads.

Keith Lashley, director of technology and transportation at Benjamin Russell High School, said the meeting is necessary for students to receive their iPad for the upcoming semester.

“At that time, we will go over the contract that every parent or guardian will be asked to sign in order for their child to receive an iPad,” Lashley said. “It’s important that they know it must be the legal parent or guardian that we have listed in our iNow program because we will be checking for their picture ID, preferably a driver’s license.”

Lashley said parents and guardians should also

come to the meeting prepared to pay a $25 one-semester fee for their child’s iPad, which will be handed out to students on Jan. 21.

“Approximately 653 iPads will be rolled out to students 10th through 12th grade on Jan. 21. Normally, the fee will be $25 per semester, which will be $50 for a completely year,” Lashley said. “But since we’re rolling them out just for the second semester, the fee will be $25 at that time.”

Students will not receive an iPad without a signed contract by their parent or guardian.

Lashley added there will also be a makeup meeting for anyone who can not make the first meeting. The makeup meeting will be on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

A contract will need to be signed and the $25 fee will also need to be paid at that time.

“The iPads will provide the students ready access to information at anytime. We have a new, managed wireless system so that they will be able to have access to a wireless system anywhere on campus,” Lashley said. “They will be able to access research information and interactive apps for classes.”