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Tyrone Area upgrading tech

TYRONE — School board members approved more than $350,000 to purchase interactive television panels to improve learning in the Tyrone Area middle and high schools.

The 87 new panels replace projectors and whiteboards, once the standard for classroom display technology, which were added to high school classrooms in 2006 and 2007.

Glenn R. Drager, network administrator, explained that the newer technology offers a brighter display and better functionality, with the ability to download apps and integrate with the 1,800 Chromebooks in the district.

“The advantage of an interactive panel over a projector is that they are basically a 75-inch tablet,” he said at Tuesday’s meeting, adding that the panels have a longer predicted lifetime.

“The expected lifetime is 15 years per the manufacturer, and actually they are rated at over 20 years for the overall components.”

The producer of the panels, Promethean Limited, is a global company that specializes in interactive display technologies for classrooms. The district will purchase them through STS Education, an education technology supplier based in Simi Valley, Calif.

The $375,286 total cost of the purchase will be split into two equal payments due in June 2020 and 2021. The contract was secured under PEPPM of Milton, a technology cooperative purchasing program that bids on behalf of schools and public agencies across the U.S.

Although the payment date is next year, the planned shipment date is this December.

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