The district has been working for some time to purchase the laptops and implement the 1-to-1 computing program.
With a price tag exceeding $1 million, District 205 is hoping to furnish Chromebooks for nearly every student.
Several district representatives toured a school in Chicago to observe how they utilize the devices in their classroom.
Board President Tom Colclasure says this a great move for the district.
“It’s the new way to educate kids,” Coclasure said. “It’s multi-dimensional. I was very impressed. There were kids there in the high school [that I toured] that were earning tech certificates, from doing the work themselves on the machines that had problems.”
The district is expected to refresh the computers every three years – a similar expense to textbooks.
The Board of Education also approved a resolution issuing $12 million in bonds for the construction of a new Silas Willard Elementary School.