The Ann Arbor Public Schools board of education has voted to approve a purchase of software licenses in the amount of $232,486. The purchase comes after the board approved the purchase of 2,800 iMacs and 400 AirBooks, with the intention to have the computers – both the hardware and software – up and running in all computer labs in the fall of 2013. Purchases will be made with general fund monies in 2012-13 and 2013-14, as available from the savings realized through the Lexmark copier purchase approved by the trustees on March 10, 2013.
The board’s action came at its April 10, 2013 meeting.
The software licenses are for: Adobe Creative Suite ($50,665.95); Inspiration ($67,921); Kid Pix Deluxe ($34,100); Microsoft Office ($32,685); PixWriter ($5,214); Everyday Math eSuite ($33,000); and Rosetta Stone ($8,900).
The purchase was brought before the board as a special briefing item, which means the trustees were given an initial briefing and voted on the item on the same evening.
This brief was filed from the board room of the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor at Fifth and William. A more detailed report of the meeting will follow: [link]