Board Reviews Purchase of 36 Macbook Air Laptops, Recharge Cart After Theft


After 36 Macbook Air laptops and their corresponding recharge cart were stolen from Skyline High School this past March the Board of Education reviewed an action plan to replace the machines.

According to a report by Darcie Moran of M-Live Ann Arbor, where security camera footage of the two suspects was published on May 4, the suspects entered Skyline at 2:30 a.m. March 20 through an unlocked door and fled with a cart containing 35 MacBook Air laptops.

Although the cart was found in a wooded area, the laptops were gone.

AAPS Superintendent Jeanice Swift informed the Board of Education that an insurance claim has been filed with the district’s carrier.

Although she stated that their policy’s deductible has been met for the year, it’s unclear exactly what the final reimbursement will be, although she expressed confidence that it will be 100 percent of the claimed loss.

The replacement order, which will be placed after a second reading of the purchase proposal in two weeks, will be paid for out of the district’s technology bond.

Chief Financial Officer Jill Minnick informed the board that the district engaged in a state spot bid that allowed the price of the replacement to come in under her expectations at $39,404.30.

Minnick also said that the insurance claim should be fulfilled in two or three weeks.

When asked how the students who were using the MacBook Air machines up until they were stolen are coping in the classroom, Minnick informed the board that they are using a cluster of Chromebooks and corresponding recharge cart as a temporary stand-in.

“It doesn’t fulfill all of the needs of the cart because they do things like Creative Suite, which is a Mac-based app, but it has gotten them through in the last few weeks,” she said.

Anyone with information that might lead to the recovery of the district’s stolen property is encouraged to contact Ann Arbor police through the tip line at 734-794-6939.

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