Plymouth Community SchoolsThe Plymouth School Corporation could realize a good return for the used technology devices they are phasing out. According to Chief Technology Officer, Bruce Johnson, a guaranteed minimum bid from Total Technology Results is some $697,000. That number is based on the sale of 3000 MacBook and 600 iPad that were used by students and staff. Johnson explained how his recommendation was made for awarding a bid to Total Technology Results during the Plymouth School Board meeting on July 2.  Johnson said they received bids from Diamond Assets and Secure Recycling, LLC in addition to the bid he was recommending.

Johnson said that he shared his concerns over the lack of response from Secure Recycling, LLC with board attorney Jeff Houin. Houin said he researched public records and found that the Georgia company had a documented falsification of a certification at one location and a debarring from a school corporation in South Carolina following the return of a check for non-sufficient funds. Houin said bids are awarded to the highest responsible bidder, not just the highest bidder.

Following a short discussion, board members voted unanimously to award to bid to Total Technology Results.

After the meeting, Johnson said, “I do expect the number ($697,000) to be a little lower as we get a final device count as we have decided to keep a small portion of our old inventory.”

Johnson confirmed that all students and instructional staff will receive an iPad when school starts for use as an instructional tool.

Carol Anders Correspondent