Donations and grants helped pay for boards
The Champaign school district has paid for its interactive whiteboards in various ways, said Dave Hohman, the district's director of educational technology.
Jefferson Middle School bought 15 of the boards with an Illini Partnership Grant, and all the boards at South Side Elementary were purchased with a donation from Peter Fox, Hohman said.
"In some cases, the building used part of their operating budget to get a board for a particular classroom," he said.
The big push to put a board in every classroom came in 2012, he said, which meant buying 227 boards. That was done with money from the school district's technology budget.
The cost of a Smart Board is about $3,000, Hohman said, which includes a projector, mounting materials, cords and an installation charge.
In Urbana, some interactive boards were purchased through PTAs or donations from local businesses and community members, said spokeswoman JoAnne Geigner. Others were purchased through individual building budgets, she said.