The curriculum committee of the Cumberland County Board of Education approved purchase agreements totaling about $8 million on Tuesday, Dec. 6 for services and goods with the educational supply companies Learning.com, Learning Environments LLC, Y&S Technologies and McGraw Hill.
The spending will now go before the full Board of Education for consideration on Dec. 13. Five of the board’s subcommittees met Tuesday afternoon at the Education Resource Center on Elementary Drive.
Mellotta Hill and Chris Young led the presentations on the purchases before the curriculum committee. Learning Environments LLC would provide and install musical instrument storage cabinets in middle and high school classrooms that need additional storage.
“These cabinets will, in fact, give a safe and inviting place to store musical instruments,” Hill said.
The cabinets would cost a total of $131,696, with funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), a program of the federal Department of Education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learning.com is a subscription service for self-paced digital literacy curriculum and digital literacy assessment written to standards of the International Society of Technology for Technology in Education. According to the agenda packet, the subscription service and licenses accommodate 32,000 users at elementary and middle schools.
The cost to the school district is $247,360, with funding provided through the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The goal is to implement “a robust learning experience.”
Y&S Technologies would provide 19,457 Chromebooks to the school system to replace aging and damaged Chromebooks, said Young.
The computers, which would cost a total of $7.3 million, are manufactured by Lenovo. They would be assigned to the district’s most successful students, officials said.
In this case, the strategic goal is to define, understand and promote educational equity to eliminate gaps and ensure opportunity and access for all students.
The customized kits include K-5 teacher materials, readers, educational manipulatives and digital access for all exceptional children’s teachers. The total cost would be $350,000. The committee voted 4-0 to approve all the purchase agreements.