- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Buncombe County school board members have agreed to award a $2.26 million contract to buy 5,500 electronic devices to distribute to elementary school students next year.

The Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/1P8Ebsn ) reports that the board on Thursday opted for Georgia-based technology company Virtucom to provide fourth, fifth and sixth-graders with Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e devices, beginning in January.

The district is launching the first phase of its three-year one-to-one initiative, which aims to get electronic devices into the hands of all students from fourth through 12th grade.

School technology director Barry Pace says the devices will cost $385 each and can be used as either a tablet or laptop.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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