Price tag for new technology to rise in Shawnee Mission

SHAWNEE, Kan. - The nearly $20 million price tag to give every student and teacher in the sprawling, suburban district a laptop or iPad by next school year will rise to pay for infrastructure upgrades needed to support the devices, the district superintendent said Tuesday.

The Shawnee Mission School District voted Monday night to spend $20 million pulled from capital outlay bonds to buy Apple laptops or iPads for every one of 27,000 district students and to every teacher.

The board also approved several infrastructure upgrades to make sure school wireless networks can handle all the new traffic. On Tuesday Hinson said those costs could reach $1 million to retrofit every school.

He said the district is not beginning this project from a standing start and hopes to have all upgrades completed in less than a year.

"We have a lot of wireless connectivity now, so we're not starting from the ground floor on the infrastructure or backbone," Hinson said. "We have hundreds or thousands of devices now that are connecting wirelessly in the school district."

Read Hinson's full statement regarding the district's technology here: http://bit.ly/1f9zdH4

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