Cleburne School District goes digital

Cleburne schools officials have authorized a plan to do away with textbooks and have students learn core subjects on laptop computer. The district plans to implement the digital program next year. {}The city's education board says they will purchase 800 Google Chromebooks for high school students. {}Officials say this will cost the district about $391,200.Superintendent Claire Dryden says students will be given a laptop and a tutorial on using them during their summer oorientation .Officialssay the laptops will be loaded with PDF versions of required textbooks for core classes - including math, science, reading and language arts. Students will also be able to access the textbooks online from other internet-enabled devices.Dryden says aside from preparing students for a computer-based workforce, the laptops are cheaper to buy annually than textbooks.