— HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — All students in grades four through 12 in the Huntsville public school system will have laptop computers when they return to class in August.
The school system has agreed to lease 11,000 computers from Hewlett-Packard for about $2.3 million a year. Huntsville's director of support operations, Aaron King, said it would have cost about $12 million to buy the laptops.
King told The Huntsville Times (http://bit.ly/Lld23E ) that laptops will be assigned to students in the sixth- through 12th-grades. The school system already has enough laptops to cover the fourth- and fifth-grades. King said wireless Internet should be available in all school facilities sometime in the first semester.
School Superintendent Casey Wardynski said this is a step toward moving from paper textbooks to digital textbooks.