Another one of Fred Andersonis "more than a hundred" unpublicized one-on-one school deals has come to light. Mr. Anderson said that Apple had signed more than 100 such deals, also saying they would not be publicized by Apple, at the 2003 Technology Conference in September. Since that time, several of these deals have been coming to light, mainly through newspaper accounts from local newspapers.
Another such deal comes to us today from The Daily Reflector, a newspaper from Greenville, North Carolina. According to the paper, the Green County school district has signed a US$3.2 million deal to provide all of the countyis 6-12 graders an iBook. Thatis some 1,800 iBooks, plus another 170 that will go to teachers. The deal is structured as a four year lease to the school system, and is worth some US$3.2 million. Green County is a self-described rural area, one of the first such rural areas to embrace a one-on-one iBook deal with Apple. From the paper:
Tim Cook, executive vice president of worldwide sales and operations for Apple Computers, visiting Thursday with Greene County officials and school board members, said the iBook laptops should be distributed by the middle of the month.
Through a four-year lease agreement between Apple Computers and Greene County schools, about 1,800 students and 170 teachers will receive the computers. Piloted in Henrico County, Va., the program in Greene County is the first countywide iTech program in North Carolina, officials said.
Apple executives are hoping Greene Countys pilot program will have a ripple effect on other rural communities, Cook said. He commended the countyis government and school leaders for having the "community resolve" to make a change.
"Collectively, you will make a difference," Cook said. "You are one of the few, one of the first to make an enormous difference. I look forward to seeing the results, not only in eastern North Carolina, but the nation at large."
Thereis more information in the full article at The Daily Reflector.