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LTUSD approves new computer purchases

Isaac Brambila

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District (LTUSD) approved the purchase of 1,000 Chromebooks and discussed its possible participation in the construction of a sports complex at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe during its regular meeting Tuesday.

According to the meeting report, the district is continuing to standardize on Chromebooks after what it called a successful pilot program at South Tahoe High School (STHS) last year. For the 2015-2016 school year, the district plans to replace all of the netbooks in use at South Tahoe Middle School with the Lenovo N21 Chromebooks.

The ACER netbooks currently used at the Middle School will be transitioned to the elementary schools.

Each unit was quoted at $163.40, which brought a total of $204,472 including taxes and other fees.

In other news, the board discussed its potential role in LTCC's and the City of South Lake Tahoe's intention to construct a shared sports complex.

With a partnership, Superintendent James R. Tarwater said the district would have access to two high-end soccer fields. The district currently shares a "large" baseball field with the community.

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The collaborative initiative would provide the district's schools, primarily the South Tahoe High School junior varsity and varsity soccer teams, with more fields to play during soccer season.

The board will be discussing its involvement in the college and the city plans moving forward.

Additionally, the board discussed the possibility of hosting tournaments in town, which in turn has the potential to bring more business to the area with vising teams during the shoulder season.

The item included a discussion only and no action was taken.

The board also held a public hearing for the Local Control Accountability Plan, during which there was no public comment.

The board also approved the revised course of study for Chemistry I and the new textbook "World of Chemistry" for STHS. The total cost of the textbooks including shipping is $9,396 to be paid from Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds.

A separate approval was also made for the adoption of Glencoe California for sixth grade in Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Total cost of adoption is $36,453.28 to be paid in the 2015/16 school year from Common Core State Standards funding.