POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:12am
Thursday we told you about a program in the Bullard school district to provide laptops for all students.
One parent worries that the potential liability for damage could be too much for poorer families.
Today he met with the superintendent.
As we mentioned in our last story, the Bullard Independent School District has made a real investment in technology for its students.
They are making laptop computers, $1000 Apple MacBooks, available for students from the 7th through 12th grades.
But if the machine is damaged, the parents can be on the hook for as much as $500.
That worries Gary Miller, whose granddaughter is in middle school there.He met Friday morning with Superintendent Keith Bryant, and we caught up with him as he came out.
“I still have the burning question,” Miller says. “What authority, what statute, what law, federal or state, allows them to put the parents and guardians in this school district in a financial bind by putting a $500 deductible on any computer that’s damaged? He cannot answer that question.”
Miller feels that for some parents, that’s a big financial risk.
“And his answer was, we have a payment program so they can pay $25 a month, a week or whatever it was,” Miller said. “Excuse me, but that still takes money out of their budget. $25 bucks can mean a lot to somebody. For some folks it’s chump change, but not for a lot of people.”
And the risk of opting out of the program is that your child falls behind.
“There are some classes where that’s all they use is the computer,” he told us.
And the next step.
“I will not pay it,” Miller declares, “but what I said to him is this. If I am forced to for the sake of my granddaughter, to pay this $500, I will pay it. I will then take them to small claims court. And I mean that. I will do that because it’s absolutely ridiculous. I’m going to fight it.”
As we spoke today, Superintendent Bryant drove by, so he was unavailable for comment.
We are scheduled to speak with him next week.
Miller says that if any other parents have questions about the issue, they can contact him at…