Hinsdale District 86 to buy, instead of lease, tablets for teachers
Updated: April 15, 2013 6:11AM
HINSDALE — Hinsdale High School District 86 will purchase new tablets for its teachers, instead of leasing them as they currently do.
District administrators proposed replacing the 400 or so tablets that are at the end of their three-year lease with newly leased tablets for the teachers at both Hinsdale Central and South. The lease would cost about $200,000 over three years, plus a 2 percent fee.
District 86 School Board member Richard Skoda questioned why the district did not buy the equipment outright, instead of paying the added interest to lease. The savings would be about $12,000 per year.
“It’s a matter of how we want to budget it,” District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl said, whether to make a one-time capital purchase, or spread out the cost over three years.
Wahl said the budget is forecast to have a surplus of about $400,000, which would be sufficient to cover the added cost of purchasing the tablets outright in the next year’s budget.
The School Board agreed it made more sense to buy the tablets.~.