The Lansing Board of Education has approved the purchase of new iPad computers for sixth- and ninth-graders.

The Lansing Board of Education has approved the purchase of new iPad computers for sixth- and ninth-graders.

The purchase of 520 iPads at a cost of $199,680 was approved Monday during a board meeting, according to Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam.

Assistant Superintendent Dan Wessel said the new computers for sixth-graders will remain assigned to the students as they progress through Lansing Middle School. The new computers for ninth-graders will remain assigned to the students as they progress through Lansing High School.

Wessel said district officials plan to keep purchasing new iPads each year for incoming sixth- and ninth-graders.

Once students have completed their time at the middle school and high school, their used computers can be utilized for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Wessel said the school district has enough iPads for every student in grades three through 12. Students at the middle school and high school are allowed to take their iPads home.

The district has one iPad for every two students in kindergarten through the second grade.

Board members also voted Monday for the district to issue a request for proposals for a Shoretel phone system for Lansing Intermediate School.

District officials plan to open the intermediate school in a former middle school building located at 509 Ida St.

The intermediate school will house classes for grades four and five.

Stufflebeam said the intermediate school is still on track to open ahead of the start of the next school year.

Wessel said the other schools in the district use Shoretel phone systems.

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