NORMAN — Technology in Norman classrooms will be upgraded through a $7.9 million contract with Panasonic.
The Norman School Board approved the "integrated systems sales and services agreement” during its meeting this week.
The school district over time will receive 1,081 interactive white boards — often called smartboards — along with projection equipment, Web cameras, portable audio equipment and other forms of classroom technology.
Superintendent Joe Siano said 385 classrooms in the district are expected to receive smartboards this summer and "we’re working to identify another 200 rooms to get the smartboards after that.”
The contract is part of the Intelligent Classroom Initiative included in the 2009 bond issue package. Siano said capital funds cannot be used for general operations that could save jobs in this budget crunch, so the district must use the money as directed to equip schools for the future.
"This investment in capital is going to pay off for years down the road,” Siano said.