Item Coversheet

Action Item - 54.

Title: Contract with CDI Technologies for the Acquisition of Chromebook Computers (Added 3.26.20)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 

CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. 

Provide the School District with a source for 50,000 Chromebooks to support enhanced access by District students to a technology-based platform for academic enrichment and programming during school closures due to COVID-19 response efforts

 Start date: 3/27/2020

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $11,000,000 
All Schools

 Renewal Options:  No


This contract will allow the District to purchase approximately 50,000 new Chromebooks for use by schools and distribution to students, to immediately address uneven access to computing devices where students reside, among our student population. This purchase will support remote learning activities, sharing of online instructional resources and applications, and communications with and among teachers, students, and classmates. This contract supports the District's striving to provide equitable and reliable computer and internet access for all students for use outside of the physical school environment, regardless of school, grade level, academic program, learning needs, and/or financial ability.


Given the School District’s large and existing investment in Chromebooks, along with the support infrastructure that has been built for our schools using tools such as Google Classroom, Chromebooks have been judged as the best platform for our students’ home use. The awarded reseller was selected with the assistance of Comcast Corporation, as being fully capable of delivering the very large quantity of HP Chromebook Education Edition devices, with 40,000 prepared for shipment to the District immediately, and another 10,000 shortly thereafter, which serves the exigent circumstances.


The School District, in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia, is developing a plan for distribution of devices to students, alongside strategic planning for teacher professional development, remote instruction and enrichment activities, and online content delivery. Also, in collaboration with the City’s Office of Innovation & Technology, the District is working with Internet service providers and will make available a list of offerings from which families can obtain low-cost Interest access.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career, Anchor Goal 2 - 100% of 8-year olds will read on or above grade level   

 Funding Source(s): 
FY19-20 Operating

 Office Originating Request: Information Technology