Rhodes State College approves purchase of laptops for students

By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com

LIMA — The Rhodes State College board of trustees met virtually Tuesday for a special meeting.

There were only two items on the agenda, both involved the spending of Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.

One dealt with the purchase of NEOED Human Resources Management software, the other involved purchasing laptop computers for students.

“We see funding coming in and then we try to spend it in an area that we think is most beneficial for the students or the college and as we keep moving ahead, it looks like we keep bringing laptops in but the first round we bought for students in an emergency, then we had another round where we’re purchasing for faculty and we still have money, so we’re looking at using that money to purchase more (laptops) for students because we’re hearing more and more that they need (these devices),” said Cynthia Spiers, president of Rhodes State College.

Vice President for Finance & Business Public Service at the college, Russell Litke, indicated the purchase of the laptops is a bit different than previous purchases.

“The thing that makes this unique is we don’t have quotes because we’re not sure where we’re going to be able to find these computers. We’re asking for up to $100,000 and up to a maximum of $667 per computer,” said Litke. “We will go out and find the computers that are acceptable but they aren’t necessary to be the same (kind of) computers. We realize that we’re going to have to mix and match and be able to find 150 laptops because we want to be able to give these out on the first day of class on January 11.”

The board will have its regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

That meeting will also be virtual as board member John Paradore announced during the meeting he and his wife are in quarantine after contracting COVID-19.

“I wouldn’t want to share this with nobody,” Paradore said. “I’m very tired. I sleep a lot and the real problem is I can’t taste nothing or smell and they said it could be (that way) up to five or six months.”


By Sam Shriver


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