During its regularly scheduled meeting, the Murfreesboro City Council unanimously voted Thursday for a $5.2 million bond issuance to purchase new computers for area students.
Director Linda Gilbert, of Murfreesboro City Schools, sought funding through a five-year bond issuance to purchase iPads for all kindergarten through first-grade students, and laptops for all second- through sixth-grade students.
Councilman Toby Gilley noted that the push for more student technology is a result of new federal mandates involving the Common Core standards.
Councilman Eddie Smotherman expressed “suspicion” of the federal government’s underlying motives in implementing the standards but did not offer any specifics.
"I don't think we should buy a car for every student in Drivers Ed," he said.
Despite his reservations, Smotherman joined every other City Council member in voting for the bond issuance.
Mayor Tommy Bragg did point out, however, that the money for new computers has been in the budget for several years but has not been spent, at which point Gilbert responded by offering that as the reason for a planned quick payment of the debt.