Students can bring in and use laptops in Barre only if they are
provided by the school, so typically they are IEP situations. Teachers
may bring in personal computers but they are strictly forbidden to
connect them to our network. Our system is far too big to spend time
on checking and OKing outside computers.
We did have an employee buy program once. There was no payroll
deduction but rather a straight sale with one payment to the SU
business office. We made an arrangement with the teachers' credit
union for loans as part of the deal. We also required anyone
purchasing a computer through this program to fill out VT tax
department forms for paying the sales tax on the purchase; we had been
advised that we could not use an employee purchase program to evade
sales taxes. It was a pain and little used. It is now defunct.
On Oct 10, 2006, at 9:10 AM, John McSweeney wrote:
> Our Tech committee met yesterday and the topic of schools assisting or
> subsidizing employee purchases of technology came up.... I know these
> programs have existed in various formats including reduced pricing
> based on large district purchase, payroll deductions so teachers
> could afford by paying little or no interest over time...
> I imagine that these programs would be more cost effective for larger
> districts...... and more paperwork/headache for smaller schools....
> and there must be rules and regulations governing if an employed
> leaves before equipment is paid off... any info advice will be welcome
> as to how others my have approached this idea.
> secondly... How have schools developed policies/procedures governing
> teachers owning and using their own personal laptops/computers vs
> school owned and supplied laptops... When used primarily for school
> business/teaching etc.... do schools cover any loss or repair or
> replacement or are teachers on their own... We had one teacher who had
> his laptop stolen while at a school related event and I believe our
> school policy covered up to $50 personal loss....
> How are people checking on security status of teacher or student
> personal laptops brought inside local area network security
> perimeters.... Do they have to prove they are clean and up to date
> with security and virus protection before being allowed to connect to
Tommy J. Walz
Barre Supervisory Union