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LCS board discusses digital divide, reopening plan during heated meeting

Posted at 11:13 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 23:13:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Quite an intense meeting tonight for the Leon County School Board as members discussed bridging the digital divide for students after the delay of 32,000 Chromebooks the district ordered for all students earlier in the year.

The district spent $10.5 million on that tech.

With around 11,000 students enrolled in the digital academy for the fall, people are looking to the board for answers.

School Board chair Deedee Rasmussen spoke up saying they need support while they work to fix the problem in a time of crisis.

"For the naysayers out there who have their own agenda who are trying to sabotage us," Rasmussen said. "Enough! This is an emergency. This is a crisis. We don't have time for it. These children need to be educated and they need a device to get it done and we're all doing the best we can."

The district plans to start out the year using the nearly 15,000 laptops they have for students in digital academies.

The board also discussed off-campus lunch periods for students and how to mitigate student interaction when moving between classes.

The majority agreed to allow students to leave campuses would help prevent them from gathering in close quarters in school cafeterias, but a final ruling was not made.