The Harper Creek Community Schools Board of Education set aside $250,000 on Monday to start buying laptop computers for students in the district.

The district may begin purchasing the Chromebooks in the fall.

Board members designated the initial funds for the three-year project during their regular monthly meeting. Nearly 2,800 students attend Harper Creek schools.

“I think we should move forward as fast as we can,” Superintendent Rob Ridgeway said after the board earmarked the funds for the technology 1:1 initiative. The 1:1 stands for one computer for every student.

The students are expected to use the Chromebooks to access the internet, digital coursework materials and other electronic information.

Some Battle Creek-area school districts already provide students with Chromebooks, while others do not.

In Pennfield, Superintendent Tim Everett said in an email that high school students are issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the year and can take them home to use.

Middle school students, he said, pick them up in the morning and then drop them off to be charged before they leave. Each elementary classroom has a cart, he said.

Battle Creek Public Schools does not provide laptops for students.

“We are not a 1:1 district,” Superintendent Kim Carter said Thursday in an email.

The Lakeview School District has Chromebooks for students in the third through 12th grades and iPads for K-2 students, Superintendent Blake Prewitt said.

“The laptops stay in the building and do not go home, but there are enough for every student during the school day,” he said.

Contact Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Noe Hernandez at 269-966-0684 or

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